how friendly are people in your area?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I live in Oklahoma City with a population of about 600,000 and I have always loved how friendly people are in Oklahoma. I went to Baltimore one time and it was the culture shock of my life. I waved at someone and they flipped me off in return. Definitely strange compared to where I am from.

Post # 4
1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Small town in Ontario, Canada. I can’t remember if it is 52,000 or 72,000 people. Most people are very friendly here!

Post # 5
3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The North East is known to not be the most courteous, warm, or kind…

I grew up in Northern Virginia, next to Washington DC, and mostly everyone was rude.  Thank you’s, please’s, and smiles were very uncommon.

Two years ago I moved only two hours south (still in Virginia) to Richmond and people are SO kind and courteous here. They’ve heard of manners! The South is the place of true hospitality.

Post # 6
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am from CT and we are not friendly people for the most part, but sometimes we surprise you! i go for walks along the water and maybe its a walker/ runner pact but i see people i say hi good morning or just a smile. but random strangers i don’t smile unless i’m holding the door for them or doing something nice.

Post # 7
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

It’s not that people in NYC aren’t friendly, it’s just that we live in a city that is swarmed with tourists. We are just trying to get to work, or get home or get wherever we need to be, but the sidewalks and trains are stuffed by people who are slowly shuffling around, taking pictures, stopping abruptly, etc. It starts to grind on your nerves after a while and makes you a little cranky. 🙂

I can also be a bit stand-offish sometimes because most strangers in the city who are smiling/nodding at you are either crazy or want to hit you up for money (sometimes both)!

I consider myself a very friendly person, but you need to catch me at a bar or at work, etc. I swear I’m not trying to be rude when I brush pass you with a scowl on my face I’m just trying to get from point A to point B!

Post # 8
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I live in Florida (I’m back and forth between Orlando and Gainesville a lot) and I’ve also visited NYC and DEFINITELY noticed a difference.

If you make eye contact with someone around here, you smile and nod. I wouldn’t say it’s considered overly polite, just… normal?

If you do that in NYC (actually this applied when I was in Europe as well) they look at you like you have a third eye. Instant giveaway that you’re a tourist.

I’ve made the same observation about men, as well. Around campus I almost never have to touch a door because if there is a man nearby, he holds it. And although it’s less common than holding the door, I see guys give up their bus seats to standing women fairly regularly. I didn’t really see that very much in the Northeast.

(And for the record, I don’t think they’re trying to be RUDE at all. I think that’s just the norm for them. It’s kind of offputting for someone from the South, like me, but they probably think we’re total weirdos for being overly friendly. I’ve heard some people say that they feel like we’re being ‘fake’ and disingenuous with them.)

Post # 9
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We are in Md. The cities and suburban areas are not known for being “nice.” We live in a rural area, and people are definitely nicer, but still not “nice” in the sense that people from other areas are accustomed to. Honestly, I find the “niceness” of “friendly” areas to be a bit too much. Why are you smiling? Why are you talking to me? I don’t know you and you are creeping me out, man. Yes, I am a “north east” gal at heart.

Post # 10
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m from Texas, pretty sure they put something in the water to make everyone so friendly!

Post # 11
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live in Texas and it is engrained in the culture here to be polite, courteous, and conversational. I love it here.

Post # 12
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@souza_2005:  64,000 or something like that and for the most part there are wonderful people here. However, we have a large Indian population and I think cultural differences are thick. Many of the Indian men and women are pretty rude/verbally judgemental here but I wouldn’t say that means all of them are guilty of that behavior. I babysit my neighboors son when they need to go somewhere and they are the sweetest Indian family! However, they also agree that there is a lot of rascism from the indian culture towards others in the area. I assume it is due to some strong religious views but that is a complete assumtion. Undecided






Post # 13
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I live in the wine country of California. People are INCREDIBLY friendly here. I also live in a small town that is tourist minded so this is not a surprise.

Post # 15
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I live in Boston, and I think the “New Englanders are rude” stereotype is a bit of an exaggeration (except for the driving- people are pretty aggressive).

For the most part, people keep to themselves and I do the same. However, if someone approaches me and asks for help/directions/to take a picture of them, I will instantly give them whatever help I can. However, I won’t just walk up to someone on the street and assume that they want me to talk to them or that they need help. I have places to go and they probably do too!

If you just grin at me randomly on the street I would probably assume I have bird poop on my head or something 🙂

I’m very friendly with our neighbors, though. 

Post # 16
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I live in Toronto, population 2.8 Million. Everyone I have ever encountered in my daily business has been super nice and polite. Well, there have been some jerks too but the are certainly in the minority.

Edit: I’ve found people out in the suburbs are more arrogant on average.

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