Manchester: the world’s rudest city says Foursquare

Adrian Johnson

March 1st, 2011

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They say statistics never lie.  So who are we to question Foursquare who this week said that Manchester (yes, Manchester, England) is statistically the world’s rudest city?

The location-based mobile platform released some interesting server data yesterday (and, my, do they have some data to analyse: they handled 400 million check-ins in the last 12 months alone).

To find out which city has the world’s rudest citizens, it ran a search looking at how frequently a tip left in that city contained a swear word.

We’d love to see the list of swear words, but they didn’t publish it, so here’s the top 5 cities instead:

Manchester, UK's rudest city (Foursquare)1. Manchester, England

2. El Paso, Texas, USA

3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

4. Bloomington, Indiana, USA

5. Riverside, California, USA

Of the top 20 rudest cities, Melbourne was the only other non-US city in the list.

Click on the table, right, to enlarge.

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One Response

  1. Jimbo says:

    Some people believe everything they read. Others are simply born stupid! Then again there are those who like to distort anything they can to prove ‘this’ or ‘that.’ Plus, of course, there are those who never learned their history, and even try distorting facts from the same history!

    Your article opens with a wonderful phrase – “They say statistics never lie.” I think it may be helpful if you were to check your historical references first. In particular one from former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who is quoted as stating “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damned lies…. and statistics!”

    I think I know who I prefer to believe.

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