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An online survey, developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, appeared on travelandleisure.com from June 1, 2009 to July 31, 2009. Respondents were asked to rate their choice of 30 cities (Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Portland, Providence, Oregon, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.) in their choice of subject categories (People, Type of Trip, Hotels, Nightlife, Culture, Shopping, Food/Dining, Quality of Life/Visitor Experience, Airports, and Holiday Travel). All subject categories and all cities were available for rating at all times. The subject categories were served in random order to respondents. When a city is served by more than one airport, respondents were asked to select one airport from a list to rate. Respondents were asked to identify whether they live in or had visited the cities they rated. Responses were collected and tabulated by travelandleisure.com. The survey results appearing in the print magazine are from respondents who identified themselves as non-residents. Rankings are based on averages of responses from visitors concerning applicable characteristics. Respondents were asked to rate a city on how good it is for each applicable characteristic, using a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score. Final scores were rounded to the nearest hundredth. When two or more cities have the same score but different ranks, their rankings were ordered by their unrounded score.

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