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According to the August 15 edition of Condé Nast Traveler, only Newark, New Jersey, rates as less friendly than Tijuana in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

Here’s what the magazine had to say about Tijuana: “The Mexico border city draws a lot of visitors — be it American teens looking for a quick beer or travelers doing volunteer work — but it still suffers from a long-held reputation of being ‘dirty’ and ‘unsafe.’ Like many of these so-called unfriendly cities, though, there are signs of hope: notably, a blossoming food and craft brewery scene that some compare to San Diego's."

According to the magazine, around 128,000 people took the survey. Their responses were based on whether visitors felt welcome, whether a city was easy to navigate, and personal experiences, like, “Did an outgoing local show you the way?”

Here’s the Condé Nast list of the world’s least-friendly cities:

1 Newark, New Jersey

2 Tijuana, México

3 Oakland, California

4 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

5 Atlantic City, New Jersey

6 Caracas, Venezuela

7 Maputo, Mozambique

8 Detroit, Michigan

9 Lagos, Nigeria

10 Doha, Qatar

There was also a list of the world’s friendliest cities:

1 Charleston, South Carolina

2 Dublin, Ireland

3 Sidney, Australia

4 Queenstown, New Zealand

5 Park City, Utah

6 Galway, Ireland

7 Savannah, Georgia

8 Kraków, Poland

9 Bruges, Belgium

10 Nashville, Tennessee

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Visduh Aug. 25, 2016 @ 8:50 p.m.

These lists are often highly uninformative and inaccurate. Rather than bash ol' TJ, I'll just ask a question. Is it possible it has the raunchy reputation because it really is both dirty and unsafe? Or is the city just misunderstood?


Matingas Aug. 26, 2016 @ 10:26 a.m.

That welcome sign doesn't exist anymore :/ It's a giant Panasonic TV now.


AlexClarke Aug. 29, 2016 @ 7:14 a.m.

There are places in San Diego (City and County) that are just as bad as the worst parts of TJ. I don't go to TJ nor do I visit certain areas of SD.


rshimizu12 Aug. 29, 2016 @ 7:47 p.m.

San Diego has it's bad areas. There is very few if any areas I would feel walking around even at night in SD. TJ however is a whole another story. People get mugged and robbed on a routine basis in TJ. The other factor is that you do not have cops robbing and extorting money from people in SD.


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