A survey conducted by the e-learning platform Preply asked more than 1,500 residents of the 19 largest metropolitan areas to rate the rudeness of the average resident in their city on a scale of 1 to 10.
Bristol scored No. 1 on the list, scoring 5.84 on the rudeness scale, with the national average at 5.40. Hull scored 5.74, making it the second-rudest city in the UK, followed by Coventry, scoring 5.70, in the third spot.
According to the survey, residents are slow to embrace outsiders, so locals tend to point to a “feeling of insularity” to explain their behaviour. Many residents have learned to keep to themselves while growing up in a busy city.
From November 2 to 7, 2022, Preply surveyed 1,510 UK residents of the 19 largest cities in the country. Censuswide conducted the survey; participants needed residency of at least 12 months. Of all respondents, 47.04% identified as male, and 52.96% identified as female.
To calculate the rudest and most polite cities, participants answer how often they witness 12 common disrespectful behaviours where they reside. An average score of the resulting data to calculate each city’s average “rudeness score” to rank them.
Here are the UK’s 10 rudest cities, according to Preply:
Amy Pritchett, Culture Director of Preply, says: “We surveyed over 1,500 residents of the 19 largest metropolitan areas in the UK and asked them about the rudeness level of their city, including the prominence of certain typically rude behaviours, to help travellers determine what to expect when visiting.
The top three rudest cities in the UK are Bristol, Hull, and Coventry. In addition, we found that the most common rude behaviours in the UK include people being absorbed by their phones, being noisy in public, and not acknowledging strangers.
For those who live or have lived in the UK, London not ranking first may be a surprise (in 6th). However, we also found that Sheffield, Derby, Bradford, and Manchester are the most polite.
Along with reinforcing a reputation for good manners, this survey found that people jumping in queues was the least typical rude behaviour in the UK. Therefore, the nation’s love of forming an orderly line seems alive and well.”