(Closed) how friendly are people in your area?

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Post # 62
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s not that people in Seattle are unfriendly, it’s just hard to get to know people and break in with a group.  Apparently we are not the only people who have had this experience – some people call it the “Seattle Freeze.”

We’ve been here just shy of a year, and both Darling Husband and I have moved around quite a bit for work.  Neither of us have ever had such a hard time making friends.  We are both friendly and outgoing and willing to step out of our comfort zones, but here we sit, 11 months later, basically just hanging out with ourselves night after night.

We are hopeful that now that our baby is on the way, we’ll be able to meet other young parents and that will be the connection we’ve been looking for.  Otherwise… we look forward to the day when he’s been at this job long enough that it is realistic to start looking elsewhere.  I don’t think we plan to stay in Seattle.

Post # 63
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Helper bee

@petalpetal:  Haha it’s great that you’ve had such a good experience though!!! I’m just glad that I’m done with all that- Fiance moved up here to be with me and we’re definitely Bay Area people for good now 😉 I promise I won’t be rude to you if I see you! Haha

Post # 64
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m in central florida. Once you get outside of the city, people are friendly. In the city, it’s hit or miss. We’re the type of people that will smile at you if eye contact is made but not everyone will make eye contact. I can walk past my neighbors and not say a word. I have also had random strangers say “have a great day!” when eye contact was made & it blew my mind. It was totally out of the norm. I’m ALWAYS awkward around strangers, I don’t know if I SHOULD make eye contact or not haha I kind of look forward to living somewhere where there’s more of a norm one day

I’d say Orlando is like a 6 on the nice scale. Ireland was SUPER nice when I went. People were smiling everywhere & would say hello. It was cool. I don’t remember feeling like people weren’t friendly when I went to NYC but I was 16 so I’d have been pretty oblivious. Miami is NOT riendly from my experience.

Post # 65
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@kitakitten:  I have a coworker from washington & her whole attitude is just SO different. Even just her demeanor. There was a member that asked her once if she was from the west coast and said he could tell lol He didn’t mean it insultingly, just factually. She’s SO much colder than what’s normal for the south.

Post # 66
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Busy bee

@Mrs. Coyote:  +1. I’m from NY, and I am extremely uncomfortable when random strangers nod/smile/make spontaneous conversation with me. I once went on vacation to NC and was so creeped out by a man who stopped me on the sidewalk to ask me how my day was going. Always reminds me of the mentally ill people living on the city streets who will talk all day. 

Post # 67
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I live in Brooklyn. People are fairly rude and they dont speak (for the most part). I live in a high-rise building and none of my neighbors speak. THey are actually on the snotty side. I kind of like it that way. 

I did live in Charlotte, NC for a year and everyone spoke. Sometimes I loved it and other times it was annoying. I just want to come and go and be quiet and keep to myself. 

Post # 68
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m from Alabama, and even though I live in a big city of 1.2 million people it still has that nice friendly feeling. If someone is anywhere near you they will hold the door open for you. If you’re with a man they always open doors for ladies. It’s just a nice place.

Post # 69
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I live outside of Atlanta, Ga! There is defiantly something to be said for southern hospitality! We are friendly and talk to everyone! You can be in line at the grocery store and the person next to you in line will start talking to you! My parents recently year and 1/2 ago had to move to Las Vegas! I have visited and they live in the suburbs and people are not nice or friendly and many times down right rude! The south rocks for friendliness!

Post # 70
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563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Payless:  no need for you to apologize! Im sorry I put in my unsolicited and incorrect opinion! Lol

Post # 71
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3669 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@JerNCher:  It is ALL good, aint no thang but a chicken wang! Smile

 

Post # 72
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

@busybee3791:  

@gelaine22:  

Funny you both mention NC… Darling Husband and I just moved from NY to Charlotte, NC about 2 months ago and I am still trying to get used to the small talk and strangers on the street chatting you up. I know it’s normal for them, but it’s hard to get used to!

Post # 73
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I guess I’ll add my two cents!

I live in Hampton Roads,Virginia (south easten part) and I think people are friendly. Most of the time people will hold the door for you,within reason. I only get waves if I’m driving in my neighborhood or maybe from old people. I’ve experienced,and seen, people with a full cart letting someone with two or three things go ahead of them in line. I don’t think its too friendly but then again I have permanent bitch face so…lol

I run a lot and I always get hellos and nods,but runners tend to be friendly. I feel like I can ask a question or make a comment to a stranger in a store and won’t get looked at like I’m crazy. I like it enough:)

Post # 74
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@souza_2005:  I am in suburbs of dc/ Maryland and people aren’t nice. Nicer than NYC but way meaner than Minnesota or the south IMO. I visited Minnesota and was shocked how nice people are in restaurants even. Here they are paid to be nice also and still do not hold a candle to Minnesota. Maybe in the south it seems nicer when they say honey or Darling… And women seem to always be nicer than men wherever I am.

Post # 75
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1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Small town in Melbourne, Victoria. It’s about 50/50. You get some rude people, but you get a lot of nice people too.

Post # 76
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I live in a small city in Alberta, but its just outside of a bigger one and everyone here has the big city attitude. Anyone from the country is super friendly, but everyone from the city is rude. Thank goodness there’s a lot of country folks around here!

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