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Philly: America’s Third Rudest City

By Wyatt Earp | January 22, 2011

Third? F**king third?? What a**hole determined these bullsh*t rankings??? This is a g*d-damned outrage!

I guess making the top three is something to be proud of. And yes, I am proud of this. Despite what some say, Philadelphia is a rude town.

Amazingly, Los Angeles was number one. No way they’re more rude than we are.

Apparently, Philly’s charm offensive has been on a downward slide since, well, Ben Franklin. AFC voters also ranked the locals as No. 33 for being attractive and No. 30 for being intelligent. That’s a good excuse to focus on the good ol’ days while you’re here – its museums rank No. 8 and its historical monuments are No. 6. (H/T – Lou)

In fairness, the 33 for attractiveness is my bad. The second I leave town, that jumps up to 14. And 30 for intelligence? They must not have polled Eagles fans. Just sayin’.

Topics: Philly | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “Philly: America’s Third Rudest City”

  1. lou Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve never felt Philly was more or less rude than any other place I’ve been. In my experience, people are nicer out here than they are in Pittsburgh.

    Also, my ugly ass probably pulls Philly down a few points even from 30 miles away :P

  2. Raptor Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Only 3rd? That’s shocking. I would’ve bet money that we’d make second. And I’ve been to LA: it definitely deserves the Number 1 slot. Our welcome to the city was being cut off trying to get on an exit ramp immediately followed by The One Finger Salute from the driver. That was pretty much par for the course.

  3. RT Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Obnoxious? Definitely. I was in Boston one day, and there were a few people within proximity to me that were behaving obnoxiously. I thought to myself, “They must be from Philly.” Someone asked where they were from, and yep…Philadelphia. And they had the for-real Philly accents, so they weren’t from South Jersey.

    However, most people I have ever known from Philadelphia have been good, loyal, and wonderful people.

    I lived in LA. Rude? Nah. Now, NJ….RUDE!

  4. joated Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    You guys give LA too much credit. Remember that’s the home of Hollywood and all the wanna bes who figure they are much better than you.

  5. dragonlady474 Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I’d like to nominate the Southern town that I live in for next year! I’ve lived in Los Angeles before and let me tell you, they have nothing on the people here.

  6. Robert B. Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Wyatt, I must admit I have limited experience with Philly. Just a few weeks in the early seventies doing TDY in the Navy, a quick trip into Little Italy last November to pick up some supplies with a buddy, and your Wyattpalooza last year are all I can claim. So while I feel unqualified to pass judgement upon those who reside there, I must say in two of the three times mentioned above I met some very nice people. Needless to say, the ones I met at the Wyattpalooza were the best.

  7. Chris C Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Okay I can see NY beating Phili, but LA? Really?

    When I lived down there (Ewing NJ right on the PA border) I went to an Eagles Pats (Pats fan) game at Vets Stadium. It was in December and at halftime Santa Claus came out to kick field goals. He was booed every time he missed.

    That doesn’t happen in LA.

    On a side note it was Brian Dawkins’ breakout season and he was very noticeable on the field. The guy was frigging everywhere. So fast.

  8. Jon Brooks Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Hah! Cleveland is 25th rudest, people say: Good Morning, How are you etc., to complete strangers before they shoot or rob them.

  9. Veeshir Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    They obviously never went to a sporting event in Philly.

    I will stick up for LA.

    I don’t know if I would call it “rude”, but Californians are even more narcissistic, self-centered and oblivious than the asses in the greater DC metropolitan region, and that’s saying something.

    Acting as if your wants, needs and desires have absolutely no meaning to them is functionally the same as being intentionally rude, so perhaps that’s what led to this.

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Lou – Imagine how the points would rise if we moved to Kansas!

    Raptor – Yeah, the highways there breed incivility.

    RT – We should have placed second.

    Joated – Oh, they are! They tell me so every day.

    DL474 – But it sounds nice with that lovely Southern accent.

    Robert B. – Wow, you must have been really drunk!

    Chris C – I love Dawkins, and I am not an Eagles fan. I was ecstatic when he went to Denver.

    Jon – And they didn’t burn down the city when the Indians traded away their ace pitching staff!

    Veeshir – Well, narcissism is pretty much the same thing as rudeness.

  11. plainslow Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Just got back from Philly with a friend who was expectiing people to be rude, but was suprised, as was I.

  12. Bob G. Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 10:14 am


    Well said.