Survey: New York ranked as America’s rudest city

The Big Apple is famous for a lot, including the prickly attitude of some of its residents. And according to a new survey by Business Insider, there’s no-one else in the country that comes close.

Over 34 percent of survey respondents said that New Yorkers were the rudest in the country, nearly twice as many as the second-place finisher, Los Angeles.

The rankings were based on two online polls conducted in October and November 2019. American adults were asked to choose the five rudest cities from a list of America’s 50 largest metro areas. 


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The news won’t be a surprise to anyone living in the five boroughs. According to Business Insider, Manhattan borough historian Michael Miscione told The New York Times in 2011 that New Yorkers have been considered rude since the 1700s. 

View toward Lower Manhattan inside the newly renovated 102nd floor observatory of the Empire State Building on October 11, 2019 in New York City. - Opening to the public on October 12, the new 102nd floor observatory is 1250 feet above street level a

“I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town,” said former President John Adams about The Big Apple. “At their entertainments there is no conversation that is agreeable; there is no modesty, no attention to one another. They talk very loud, very fast and altogether. If they ask you a question, before you can utter three words of your answer they will break out upon you again and talk away.”

The top five rudest cities were New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago and Boston.