Next time you’re riding the Tube, maybe you should try smiling instead of scowling at your fellow commuters.
According to a study of our towns and cities, London is officially the UK’s least friendly city. Cheers.
The survey, conducted by Provident Personal Credit, asked 2,642 residents to rate how they felt within their community on a scale from 1 to 10. London beat out Chelmsford, Oxford and Portsmouth with a score of 6.44 out of 10 on the friendliness scale (a measly improvement from last year's score of 6.28).
Alternatively, York claimed the title of most friendly city in the UK with a score of 7.47 out of 10. Not far behind was Gloucester with 7.32 and Swansea with 7.31.
The study, called “Unbroken Britain”, includes an interactive map for viewers to visualise where they're more likely to receive a warm welcome than a frostier reception.
The eight components of the survey covered a range of topics, including cleanliness, safety, and friendliness of locals. Questions centred on factors associated with community engagement, like talking to others in public or knowing people’s names.
London didn’t do much better in the other categories either, placing in the bottom half for politeness, safety, upkeep, trust, gossip and happiness.
Time to start smiling on the Tube?
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