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Jackson Named a 'Friendliest City'

Conde-Nast Traveler's annual http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/07/travel-us-cities-charleston-newark-branson-friendly-unfriendly_slideshow_item4_5">Readers' Choice Survey puts Jackson at No. 7 on its list of the 10 friendliest cities in the U.S.

"Visitors to Mississippi's capital—and most populous town—note that 'friendly people and great food' make it a worthy stop. Its streets are 'steeped in history' and dotted with 'green and pretty' public spaces," the survey site states. "Take an afternoon to sample 'wonderful barbeque' and chat with 'lovely' residents."

Mississippi's capital city tied Natchez on the Traveler list: "Known for well-preserved relics of pre-Civil War architecture, including 'very beautiful antebellum houses,' Natchez also boasts a sweetly Southern resident community. The hospitable population and slower pace of life make Natchez 'an amazing town to visit and relax.' In fact, this 'great undiscovered location' made one reader 'feel like a real Southern Belle.'”

When it comes to friendly, "southern hospitality shines on that front—in the Top 10, all but three of the cities are in the South," the site states.

Rounding out the list are: No. 10, Branson, Mo.; No. 9, Sonoma, Calif.; No. 8, Telluride, Colo.; No. 5, Austin, Texas; No. 4, Asheville, N.C.; No. 3, Savannah, Ga.; No. 2, Galena, Ill.; No. 1, Charleston, S.C.

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justjess 9 years, 6 months ago

@Ronni Mott

"Visitors to Mississippi's capital-and most populous town-note that 'friendly people and great food' make it a worthy stop. Its streets are 'steeped in history' and dotted with 'green and pretty' public spaces "the survey site states. "Take an afternoon to sample 'wonderful barbeque' and chat with 'lovely' residents."

I hear this all the time from visitors. It bothers me that many Jacksonians have only negative things to say about our city; They can't see any of its beauty. I have suggested that they take the "Pride Ride" to see more than the BAD things they report.

To rank #7 on the Conde-Nast Traveler's Readers' Survey is something to be proud of! Just to be a mention among places like Branson, Mo. and Sonoma, Calif is breath-taking. We must continue to identify "positive drum-majors" for our City and silence those who get their energy from naming and blaming.

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RonniMott 9 years, 6 months ago

I couldn't agree more, JustJess. These are real travelers talking, too, not some industry flacks.

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Turtleread 9 years, 1 month ago

It has certainly improved greatly within the last three years. Aggressive panhandling is down, and people with attitude problems working in stores and the post office are gone. It is very helpful that the tri-county area is booming. The new convention center in Jackson and the hotels have helped the city.

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