Magazine rudely ranks Atlanta as 7th rudest U.S. city

Being a Southerner and True Gentleman, I could teach a course on manners. I even recall the lost arts of salad forks, soup spoons and which side of the sidewalk to be on when escorting a lady. If I ever take my wife to fancier environs than the Trackside Tavern, I’m ready.

Atlanta visitors often cite the city's slow and outdated taxi service as a cause of outrage.

Atlanta visitors often cite the city's slow and outdated taxi service as a cause of outrage.

Imagine my chagrin when learning Atlanta has been crowned the 7th crabbiest city in America by readers of a magazine I’d never heard of until today.

According to my research (aka Google search), the same publication, New York City-based Travel and Leisure, ranked Atlanta as the 11th rudest city the last time they compiled their list, so residents of our city have regressed a bit.

Fortunately, I have a ready excuse that absolves native Georgians of much guilt: yankees.

Perhaps it is summed up best by reader Craig T. Jones, who read this blog entry and emailed me about it instead of working.

Atlanta’s 7th “only so because we have so many people who have migrated here from the 6 crabbier places,” wrote Jones.

Yes, our once and future friendly city has been overrun by northerners who’ve grown tired of shoveling sidewalks and decent public schools. Why just the other day I saw someone wearing a New England Patriots cap yelling at a giant TV in a sports bar while pumping his fist. “Ravens suck!” he proclaimed loudly at some poor chap who later told me he was from Baltimore. Not sure what set that dude off.

The magazine’s readers rudely label Atlantans as unattractive and say the The City Too Busy To Hate also seems too busy to party. Maybe they need to visit the Clermont on Thursday night and we need to craft a list of America’s Rudest Magazine Readers?

Here’s an abbreviated list of America’s Rudest Cities: [Complete List]

1: New York City — I’ve always liked the Big Apple except for its weather and baseball teams. Especially the ‘96 baseball team.

2. Miami – I surmise this city too is overrun with northerners, but I know the locals are quite friendly. Once, in a small cantina, I ordered a Coke and the nice waitress I couldn’t understand brought me a piece of cake. Such kindness is rare.

3. Washington D.C. — Full of politicians that’ll argue about anything except what matters, lowering my taxes and raising someone else’s.

4. Los Angeles — The former #1 has dropped a few pegs. Perhaps it’s because the porn industry is leaving town?

5. Boston — Another northern town. Last time I was there it was 8 degrees and even the duck boat driver was cranky.

6. Dallas – Their cheerleaders, long considered No. 1 among prepubescent lads, are actually No. 2, just behind New England.

7. Atlanta – Perhaps the loss of the Atlanta Thrashers has angered more residents than initially feared?

8. Phoenix — Never been there but it looks hot.

9. Baltimore – A miserable experience, according to fellow Georgian Gram Parsons.

10. Orlando – The price of beer at Epcot would put a frown on anyone’s head.

11. Philadelphia — This has to be wrong. You can get your bell rung there just for asking the way to Market Street.

256 comments Add your comment

Aaron

January 25th, 2012
10:08 am

Being a former Atlantan who moved to Virginia Beach for work, I must say I was shocked when people in Virginia would hold the door open for me at the gas station or restaurant. Not something I remember much in the Atl.

Hope

January 25th, 2012
10:10 am

I’m surprised it ranked #7. Good Customer Service is long gone. Don’t blame the yankees, this is Everybody’s problem.

Matt

January 25th, 2012
10:11 am

Doesn’t surprise me at all. My wife and I just left the city for the burbs and the people are just so much nicer out here.

Bernard The Woodpecker

January 25th, 2012
10:13 am

I very rarely run into rude or impolite people in Atlanta. for the most part, they are friendly and courteous. The notable exception being that lady who called me a, ‘misogynist’ because I held the door for her at the post office in Douglasville. Yeah, you know who you are.

Ilene

January 25th, 2012
10:13 am

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder – rudeness may be a sign of the times. However, if you perceive
Atlanta or any other city through a “filter” of rudeness, that’s what you will see. If you perceive it as “friendly,” then you will see and experience that friendliness. Of course, there is no excuse for rudeness ever.

Kay

January 25th, 2012
10:15 am

It doesn’t surprise me. We have been overrun with New Yorkers!

LOLBoldly

January 25th, 2012
10:16 am

Go figure. Public schools that stink. A traffic nightmare. Only the connected get lucrative contracts (airport). I’d be a little surly, too!

heartofdarkness

January 25th, 2012
10:16 am

Why don’t you take that “northerner” thing and stick it in your pocket.

DebDoes

January 25th, 2012
10:17 am

As I say, ‘Atlanta is a big city in the South–not a ‘Southern city’! I agree, there a few true Atlantians living here. The stats would probably confirmed that more than 50% of the City are transplants from other locals….mostly northern ones. These people weren’t born in the South, but they got here as fast as they could! Leave the City of Atlanta and go out into the counties and the people are much more friendly and the pace is less frenetic. Maybe they drink less Redbull out there!

Liz

January 25th, 2012
10:17 am

I don’t know about Atlanta as number 7, but Miami is definitely number 2. I lived down there for the summer and no one, I mean no one, holds doors open for you.

Chief Wes

January 25th, 2012
10:21 am

Rude and aggressive drivers probably greatly contributed to the magazine’s research.

Scarface O'Hara

January 25th, 2012
10:21 am

Atlanta is now the “Rudest City” due to all of the foul-mouthed, rude, loud-talking yankees from the northeast who have come down here to defile our Southern Homeland.

Exporting Yankees = Exporting Rudeness

curt

January 25th, 2012
10:22 am

Can’t blame it all on the yankee invasion. Traffic stress is part of the problem too not to mention the staff at retails outlets, hotels and convention facilities here who act like their work is beneath them and are only concerned about what time they’re going on break. This is what people see when they visit.

free-man

January 25th, 2012
10:23 am

It would be interesting to track how Atlanta has moved up this list over the years as the number of natives has declined and the percentage of transplants has exploded.

Old School

January 25th, 2012
10:27 am

Not surprising. No one in Atlanta is from Atlanta anymore.

Fred

January 25th, 2012
10:27 am

Could it be because of traffic and those bloody worthless huge waste of money ramp meters

John FX

January 25th, 2012
10:28 am

This problem is nationwide, with the collapse of the public school curriculum and lowering of standards to “accommodate” everyone, plus Hollywood it is amazing there is any vestige of manners left.. Children aren’t taught manners or respect anymore because everyone is afraid of offending someone, or a lawsuit. Here in the South it is our own fault, Y’all come they did and look what happened….

Gene

January 25th, 2012
10:28 am

Matt, I could not agree more. I too just moved to the burbs and could not be happier, and I feel so much more safe. I received several baked goods from my neigbhors to welcome me to the neighborhood. There is a difference!

Scarface O'Hara

January 25th, 2012
10:30 am

RE: Traffic Stress

If it were not for the large quantity of unwanted, rude, foul-mouthed, loud-talking, POOR-DRIVING yankees coming here to clog up our roads and highways with their non-turn-signal-using vehicles & inability to yield or merge properly, there would not be that cited level of “Traffic Stress.”

Roekest

January 25th, 2012
10:32 am

Southern Hospitality went out the door years ago. Now, Southern Hospitality is being nice to someone’s face, then disparaging them behind their back.

anonymous

January 25th, 2012
10:36 am

I think most of the comments above would push us further on up the list. Blaming other people for rudeness by calling them names? Surely this is the Onion.

I-Love-Atlanta!

January 25th, 2012
10:38 am

When northern relatives visit us in the ATL, they can’t stop talking about the polite and friendly folks who live here. Never heard of that magazine, but I can tell you here in Douglasville, I’ve yet to come across anyone who was rude and/or impolite – young, old, white, black, green or orange. Gosh, even the teenagers hold doors open for you. Moved from the North 2 years ago – you really notice the rudeness when you go back for a visit.

Scarface O'Hara

January 25th, 2012
10:38 am

Jimmie,

Wouldn’t that issue be considered a “legacy” problem here in the South that, while it can indeed be contributed to a particular slice of the invading yankee hordes across the demographic spectrum, can not isolated to them entirely?

Rick Day

January 25th, 2012
10:39 am

Blame the panhandlers. Not necessarily a shabby drink, even a perfectly ‘clean and normal’ looking individual, just by making eye contact, a nod and a smile glues him/her to your side for 300 feet, until you get rude, or give up the lucre.

Someone shuffling up to me with a “Can I ask you a question?” is answered with a terse “As long as the answer does not involve ME giving YOU money.” 95% walk off. the other 5% lie.

And I still open the doors for both ladies and gents and walk the street side of the sidewalk in case my bride is soiled by the uncontrolled rain runoff due to LACK OF CURBS. *stomps off*

PatDowns

January 25th, 2012
10:40 am

If this refers to the City of Atlanta, then I would have to agree. The blacks all walk around as “NWA” and the gays all have snarky attitudes. As mentioned above, quite different in the ‘burbs.

Old Dawg

January 25th, 2012
10:42 am

As much as I hate to admit, most folks in Atlanta are very rude. In fact, it’s difficult for me to consider Atlanta a southern city anymore. A few miles out of town, the basic politeness of the South returns.

Yes, the traffic is awful in Atlanta. Schools stink. The job market is terrible, etc, etc. But as we all learned as children, that’s not an excuse for being rude.

Perhaps someone can start a school on manners and create new jobs in the process!

Paula Randall

January 25th, 2012
10:43 am

You’ve never heard of Travel and Leisure? What cave have you been living in?

Ali50

January 25th, 2012
10:44 am

Spent 5 days on Long Island in October where people let the door slam in your face and every other word is an obscenity. Was thrilled to return to ATL. Southern courtesy was one of the main reasons I never returned to the north to live after going to college in the south.

Scarface O'Hara

January 25th, 2012
10:47 am

Rick Day,

While a slight variation on the inquisition usually posed to you on our city streets, the particular query I typically get from Atlanta’s World-INFAMOUS Panhandlers to whom I display aforementioned smile & nod inherent in a Southern Boy’s taught manners is: “Hey. Yeah. Alright Now. Say, man, can I ‘ax’ you a question?”

Denise

January 25th, 2012
10:47 am

HEAR ME AND HEAR ME WELL…ATLANTA WAS NOT LIKE THIS. I WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE AND PEOPLE WERE NICE AND KIND TO EACH OTHER. SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY WAS BORN IN ATLANTA. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT MOVED HERE FROM OTHER STATES BROUGHT THEIR RUDE WAYS WITH THEM. Sorry to yell…this one is a sore spot for me.

fred garvin

January 25th, 2012
10:48 am

i love going into, say, a Quicktrip and the guy or gal in front of you just lets the door shut after they go thru (no need to hold it open for the guy/gal in back of you??). this plays out in the ATL every day. Traffic is a nightmare as it is but when you add the people with the Yosemite Sam mudflaps on their pickup or the Nissan Ultima with the tinted windows zigzagging in and out of lanes on 400/85/285/75 just to get one car length ahead it’s a joke.

I-Love-Atlanta!

January 25th, 2012
10:49 am

@Paula – the cave that has Conde Nast & Fodors! You know, something more global. Well I guess I’ve just come across the first rude person. Congratulations!!!

No surprise

January 25th, 2012
10:49 am

All these Yankees, rednecks and uppity urban women. Sad really.

Native Atlantan

January 25th, 2012
10:49 am

You lost all credibility when you said you’d never heard of Travel+Leisure magazine.

And stop using the word “yankee.” It makes you look provincial.

4xtra

January 25th, 2012
10:52 am

The northerners??
ARE YOU SERIOUS??
Boy, HERE WE GO AGAIN…

You guy ALWAYS have someone to blame.

THE CIVIL WAR IS OVER SO STOP IT

Now lets take a look very carefully to what you said:
“Phoenix — Never been there but it looks hot.”
“Baltimore – A miserable place, ACCORDING to fellow Georgian Gram Parsons”

That says something RIGHT THERE..
YOU NEVER TRAVELED ANYWHERE…and that is the very problem,
(did you write this from a dial up connection in your trailer par……OH NEVER MIND)

Atlanta has ABSOLUTELY lost its southern charm (THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT). In the 90;s and the very early 2000’s was ok but went down hill in a hurry in the last 5-6 years and it has NOTHING to do with the “Northern invasion”.

A lot of it has to do with the young generation (from the north and south) with the obsession with the internet (specifically certain content like tabloid and music) and TV shows unintentionally creating a narcissistic mindset and being rude to people as “normal”. Shows and sites like Atlanta housewives, Jersey shore, toddlers and tiaras, TMZ, Judge Judy, Jerry Springer, Bad girls club,and I even blame shows like American Idol, SYTYCD (so you think you can dance), for the star struck obsession because many (and I do mean many) young people here are becoming obsessed with being famous overnight. I am not blaming Hip Hop directly but is unfortunately part of this as well (YES, I AM BLACK and I love hip hop music but I don’t try to live that lifestyle because Hip Hop is for strictly entertainment purposes ONLY)
I have met many (and I do many) people from New York, Boston, and even the “dreaded” New Jersey and they were very very respecbig northern cities tful and not a bit of rudeness what so ever. People from northern big cities are raised to mind their business and look straight ahead and not smile because it is sometimes dangerous to be friendly to EVERYONE, this is the truth and that is the culture up North because big city life up north is a entire different world. Not necessarily to be rude but simply to mind your business and keep it moving.

So please stop blaming the “northerners”

Trust me, I am from Ohio, lived in several states and overseas and that is one of the most IGNORANT articles I have seen

Just curious……
By the way..what is your education level??

Old Boy

January 25th, 2012
10:56 am

I think our rudeness is better summed up by traffic. People seem to be very poilte walking and in public places; it is the roads where we all (and I include myself in this) turn into giant a-holes.

When You Lay Down with Pigs...

January 25th, 2012
10:58 am

For the sake of future Atlanta generations, we need our well-raised, Southern-bred Ladies & Gentlemen to stop defiling themselves by cross-breeding with these rude, ill-tempered yankee locusts and creating rude, mutant offspring.

Aunt Pittypat

January 25th, 2012
10:58 am

Yankees in Georgia? How’d they ever get here?

4xtra

January 25th, 2012
10:59 am

ooops…
i did a cut and paste incorrectly on my posts

Jason Kipfmiller

January 25th, 2012
10:59 am

Screwwwwwwwwwwwww Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got a whole pack man!!!!!!!

ACE

January 25th, 2012
10:59 am

dude

January 25th, 2012
11:00 am

I am a proud native of Atlanta, having been born at Georgia Baptist Hospital, and growing up in Midtown. I remember going to the ice skating rink at the CNN center, attended my very first rock concert in 1983 at the Omni. I remember riding Marta when it opened in 1979, and it cost a quarter to ride the E-W lines. I also remember my dad taking me to the old underground Atlanta, and my mom took me to the old Polaris Restaurant, atop the Hyatt Regency. I guess I can qualify as a “true Atlantan, LOL

Native Atlantan

January 25th, 2012
11:06 am

Spot on, 4xtra. I’ve been to some of the largest cities on Earth, including NYC and Tokyo, and being friendly is dangerous in real cities. From the comments on this blog, it’s clear some Georgians (they don’t deserve to be called Atlantans) have never left the state or their suburban bunkers, and they’re mentally stuck in the 1860’s.

The “yankees” didn’t defile “the South:” the world changed and your “South” is DEAD! And thank God for that!

Rm

January 25th, 2012
11:08 am

Sorry to say since I am a native Atlantan, but Atlanta has lost it’s manners. I even find NYC and Washington much friendler. Why? Does anyone teach their children how to be polite? A simple please and thank you would be nice.

PTC Bernie

January 25th, 2012
11:08 am

All you have to do is drive in Atlanta and you’ll see exactly what they’re talking about.

Dick Rosser

January 25th, 2012
11:10 am

Guess whoever made the list has never been to Minnesota!

Shocked we're not #1...

January 25th, 2012
11:11 am

I’ve actually found Philly to be friendlier! We have too many transplants – particularly New Yorkers – here now. They’ll ride it til the wheels fall of, then hop to the next leaving the city used and abused. Atlanta’s guilty in that we do not have our own identity that we enforce. When in Rome, doesn’t happen here. New Yorkers move here and complain how it’s not like New York. Very few who consider themselves to be from here even know the city’s history beyond a post card’s telling.

BTW… who never heard of Travel & Leisure??? That’s ne of the bigger trade mags in the travel industry.

groupie

January 25th, 2012
11:11 am

Looking for evidence? Just attend a conert at Chastain Park.

Shocked we're not #1...

January 25th, 2012
11:13 am

All the Katrina transplants aren’t helping either!

DWolf

January 25th, 2012
11:14 am

I’ve been Many places in this Country, including All of the Cities listed as the Rudest here today. The Top Rudest City I have Ever been to in my Lifetime is Albany, Georgia! Altanta is fast paced and Huge, and the traffic is horrific, but so far (3 Years) the People here are Far Nicer than in Albany. They should have chosen Albany Not Atlanta!