Where Providence Rocks - according to Travel & Leisure

Travel + Leisure has released the results of their America's Favorite Cities poll. Below you can see where Providence ranked (occasasionally with commentary by Erika)

Top Cities Overall
1. Providence (naturally)
2. Houston
3. Kansas City
4. Minneapolis/St. Paul
5. Los Angeles


CULTURE
Art Scene
1. New York City
2. Providence  (not surprised, given PVD's strong artists' presence. Nice to see it recognized!)
3. Minneapolis/St. Paul
4. Kansas City
5. Houston

Galleries
1. New York City
2. Houston
3. Providence
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Kansas City

Theater
1. New York City
2. Minneapolis/St. Paul
3. Houston
4. Cleveland
5. Providence


QUALITY OF LIFE
Architecture/Cool Buildings
1. Charleston
2. New Orleans
3. Chicago
4. Washington, DC
5. Providence (one of the reasons we moved here was for the amazing diversity of architecture)

PEOPLE
Attractive
1. Miami
2. San Diego
3. Charleston
4. Los Angeles
5. Providence (why, thank you)

Geeky
1. Providence (oyah, in the best way)
2. Portland, OR
3. Seattle
4. Austin
5. Kansas City

Hip/Cool
1. Austin
2. Providence (there must be something I don't know about Austin, and I'm amazed New York isn't in the top 5)
3. Los Angeles
4. Nashville
5. Miami

Intelligent
1. Minneapolis/St. Paul
2. Houston
3. Washington, DC
4. Providence (why, thank you again)
5. Boston

Quirky
1. New Orleans
2. Austin
3. Portland, OR
4. Providence  (ohmyyes)
5. Albuquerque

NIGHTLIFE
Cocktail Bars
1. New Orleans
2. Houston
3. Providence
4. Miami
5. Las Vegas

FOOD + DRINK
Bakeries
1. Providence (definitely)
2. Houston
3. New York City
4. Minneapolis/St. Paul
5. New Orleans

Bars
1. New Orleans
2. Nashville
3. Austin
4. Houston
5. Providence

Brunch
1. Houston
2. New Orleans
3. Providence  (great brunch spots)
4. Atlanta
5. Charleston

Coffee
1. Portland, OR
2. Seattle
3. Providence (we do love our coffee)
4. Albuquerque
5. Houston

Diners
1. Providence  (birthplace of the diner)
2. Atlanta
3. Houston
4. Cleveland
5. Albuquerque

Hamburgers
1. Houston
2. Providence  (I'm okay with being 2nd to a city in Texas for burgers)
3. Minneapolis/St. Paul
4. Atlanta
5. Albuquerque

Notable Restaurants
1. New Orleans
2. Providence (we beat New York?! Awesome!)
3. New York City
4. Charleston
5. Kansas City

Pizza
1. Chicago
2. Providence  (As a former New Yorker and Chicago suburbanite, I think New York and Chicago should be switched on this list)
3. New York City
4. Atlanta
5. Philadelphia

Sandwiches
1. New Orleans
2. Providence  (the best sandwiches I've had in my life have been at Providence eateries)
3. Philadelphia
4. Houston
5. Albuquerque

Street Food/Food Trucks
1. Austin
2. Providence  (the food truck scene here is booming)
3. Portland, OR
4. Cleveland
5. Minneapolis/St. Paul

Wine
1. San Francisco
2. Portland, OR
3. Houston
4. Providence
5. Los Angeles

TYPE OF TRIP
Gay-friendly Vacation
1. Minneapolis/St. Paul
2. Providence  (absolutely)
3. San Francisco
4. New Orleans
5. Atlanta

Girlfriend Getaway
1. Nashville
2. New Orleans
3. Kansas City
4. Charleston
5. Providence  (again, beat New York!)


"Methodology
The America's Favorite Places survey, developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, launched online on June 2, 2014. Respondents rated their choice of 1,209 destinations in up to 67 categories, using a scale of one to five (with five being the highest score). The final results reflect a subset of the survey data for 38 cities, based on votes cast through July 21, 2014. Surveyed cities are selected by Travel + Leisure editors based on reader feedback and tourism statistics."

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