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Texas boasts 3 of America's friendliest cities — and one of the rudest

Texas boasts 3 of America's friendliest cities — and one of the rudest

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San Antonio wants to welcome you with open arms. Photo courtesy of Fiesta San Antonio Commission/Betsy Newman Photography

Texas is home to some of the friendliest — and rudest — places in the country. This is according to Travel + Leisure readers, who ranked 400 U.S. destinations on 70 different features for this year's America's Favorite Places survey, resulting in lists for friendliest and ... not-so-friendly places.

Unsurprisingly, the South ran away with the top 20 in terms of friendly folks, with San Antonio being named the friendliest city in America. Houston is second, and Fort Worth is No. 7.

“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.”

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

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