The three major US cities I’ve lived in differ vastly. They’re all Northern cities. I’m sure if I went south, I’d have different opinions on things. In some ways things really surprised me. So today, I am presenting best of awards. Keep in mind that there are three competitors for each category: Minneapolis, Seattle and New York. I’m curious how you’d rank the cities you’ve lived in.

Politest: New York.
Surprise! New York by a landslide in fact.I’ve never had so many gentlemen step back and let me get on the escalator or subway first.

Greenest: Seattle
Obviously. New York, it wouldn’t kill you to put out a recycle bin or two.

Best can-do attitude: Seattle
Go camping/runnng/for a walk in the rain? Why would that stop us?

Most creative: New York
Where creative types come to make it.

Best dressed: New York
Oh, come on you expected this one, right?

Friendliest: Minneapolis
Minnesota Nice, not Minnesota Ice.

Most diverse: New York
Accents every where you go. At lunch today, I was the only white girl at the table.

Most open-minded: New York, no Seattle, no … I declare a tie.
We’re just talking Seattle, not the entire state of Washington.

Most scaredy-pants: Minneapolis
No, Chicken Little, the sky is not falling. The doctor probably won’t give you bad news and odds of you getting shot at the mall are extremely low.

Most genuine: New York-Minneapolis tie
Seattle, you’re full of posers.

Heartiest: Minneapolis
You survive harsh winters AND a diet of state fair food!

Snobbiest: New York
The city slogan is “I’m a New Yorker. I’m better than everybody else.” Need I say more?

Most helpful: New York
As a friend put it today, “If you ask for help, New Yorkers will fight over who gets to help you.”

Most educated: A tie!
The studies rank Minneapolis and Seattle as smartest/most literate year after year, but if we factor in street smarts, New York has the edge. Everyone gets a trophy!

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