Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been ranked one of the most polite cities in the United States, according to a study.
The study ranked Milwaukee the 9th most polite city. Austin, Texas, was ranked the highest.
The survey asked people to rate cities in the United States by their rudeness and politeness. The rudest cities in the United States were Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Memphis, Tennessee, according to the study, which was published on the Preply website.
“Other cities scored low when it comes to rudeness, indicating a culture of general politeness. The most polite cities on the list include Austin, TX (3.91), San Diego, CA (4.17), and Fort Worth, TX (4.20),” the website says.
“More polite cities seem to be concentrated in the southern, midwestern, and western parts of the United States, with a noticeable lack of Northeastern cities,” it explains.
Why Austin? “From our results, it seems that Austinites enjoy a laid-back, friendly city atmosphere, even as the city continues to grow rapidly,” the website says.
“In general, the state of Texas has a reputation for politeness and friendliness, along with the rest of the South, underscoring the stereotype of Southern hospitality. It makes sense that five of the most polite U.S. cities are concentrated in the Lone Star state.”
Who did the study measure? "We surveyed over 1,500 residents of the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. and asked them about the rudeness level of their city, including the prominence of certain typically rude behaviors, to help travelers determine what to expect when visiting. Respondents also answered questions about cultural differences abroad," the website says.
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