Take, for example, Thrillist's recent list of the "11 Angriest Cities in America, Ranked by Irrationality." Philadelphia tops that list, beating out other vexed metropolises like New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC for the dubious honor.
Written by Kevin Alexander, a Boston native, and Chicago-based editor Matthew Lynch, the list ranks the chosen cities by their "irrational, often trivial anger-inducing behaviors." You know, things like "general attitudes toward sports" or inhabitants' reactions to "why the f— that guy on the street is looking at them."
We were also docked for our hoagiemouth accent, which "sounds like someone threw a chainsaw into a trash fire filled with gravel." Add that to our "insecurity when comparing [ourselves] to NY" and street festivals that turn into "public urine and vomit competitions," and you've entered Angriest City territory.
And given the anecdote the list uses to explain Philly, that might not be such a good idea:
That last part is admittedly perhaps true. The list fails, however, to note that we are also home to the fifth least attractive populace in the United States, according to Travel + Leisure. So, in that sense, we're ugly and angry — an important distinction.
Despite those drawbacks when it comes to Philadelphia's residents, the city earlier this year was ranked the number one unexpected travel destination in the United States by Lonely Planet. Previously, the Washington Post named Philadelphia as one of the "10 Best Food Cities in America," and JLL noted the city's fast-growing millennial population.