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No. 3 Nashville (tie)

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Music City ranked No. 2 for both its music scene and street performers and came in third overall for a variety of welcoming, accessible qualities, from its affordability to the No. 3-rated barbecue. It won the friendly locals category (also garnering high marks for the local twang), and visitors felt the city was safe and clean. Nashville ranked No. 1 in another category that makes for a smooth travel experience: reliable wireless coverage.

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No. 3 Nashville (tie)

Music City ranked No. 2 for both its music scene and street performers and came in third overall for a variety of welcoming, accessible qualities, from its affordability to the No. 3-rated barbecue. It won the friendly locals category (also garnering high marks for the local twang), and visitors felt the city was safe and clean. Nashville ranked No. 1 in another category that makes for a smooth travel experience: reliable wireless coverage.

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

See more Best of 2012 coverage.

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America's Best Cities

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