The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have spoken.
The magazine’s readers rated Newark the unfriendliest city on the planet. Not New Jersey. Not the nation. The planet.
According to the informal, unscientific survey of 46,000 readers, Newark is more unfriendly than Islamabad, Pakistan (#2); Oakland, Calif. (#3); Luanda, Angola (#4) and Kuwait City, Kuwait (#5).
Adding insult to injury for the Garden State, readers rated Atlantic City the world’s ninth-most unfriendly burg.
At the other end of the spectrum, the survey found Florianopolis, Brazil, nicknamed “the island of magic,” the world’s friendliest city, followed by Hobart, Tasmania, and Thimpu, Bhutan, if you can find it on a map.
“Newark is best known for being the site of an airport near New York, and for many of our readers, that’s the only reason to stop there,” wrote the editors of Condé Nast Traveler.
The editors quoted one unnamed reader as saying he or she “would not recommend this city for anything.”
Newark’s overall reader rating: 13.4 out of 100.
Come to Newark, where they invented … carjacking.
Then stay for the … corruption.
Don’t forget to duck whenever you hear a loud noise, because traveling thru Newark without armed security isn’t recommended … by the police.
Now scrapped, Newark’s new slogan — hey, at least you’re not in Detroit.
Because according to the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler, all things considered you’d rather be in Philadelphia.