The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.



Over the last five years, we've asked our readers to rate a city's "friendliness" in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to navigate? More than 300,000 people took the survey in 2016—see what you had to say about the friendliest cities in the U.S. (and why we're not calling out the unfriendliest cities for the first time).
This article has been updated with the latest winners.

Ashland, Oregon
We love that our readers called out Ashland this year—it means they're making an effort to venture to this kinda-out-of-the-way town near the border of California. It usually takes two flights and a drive to get anywhere near the place, but you're rewarded once you're there. Life slows down to a stroll and locals welcome visitors with open arms, even during the busy and buzzy Oregon Shakespeare Festival. "Ashland delivers when it comes to the arts! A beautiful and culturally rich small city to visit."

Read the full article in Conde Nast Traveler >