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Houston declared one of America's friendliest cities by travel authority

Houston named one of America's friendliest cities by travel authority

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Houston wants to welcome you with open arms. Photo by Shannon O'Hara/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Out of more than 400 U.S. cities and towns, Houston is one of the friendliest. This is according to Travel + Leisure readers, who ranked the destinations on 70 different features for this year's America's Favorite Places survey. One other Texas city wins the prize for Miss Congeniality, with H-Town nudging in as first runner-up.

Unsurprisingly, the South ran away with the top 20 in terms of friendly folks. Other common factors for the top-scorers include warm weather, walkability, and affordability, so it only makes sense that San Antonio grabs the No. 1 spot.

“San Antonio is truly a big city with small town vibes,” says Samantha Rivera, who runs furniture store Nadeau. “Perhaps it's just all of the amazing tacos we get to bond over, but at the end of day it's easy to make new friends in this town.”

Texas doesn't stop there, as Houston scoops up second and Fort Worth No. 7.

But the famous Texas twang isn't wishing partners a booming "howdy" everywhere. Dallas takes the No. 8 spot for rudest city in America on the same list.

Though visitors did dig Big D's bars and barbecue, maybe they just didn't know what to expect from a trip to Big D. After all, the magazine says, "you won’t find longhorns or oil rigs in this truly modern metropolis." Duh.