Charleston ranked number one city in the world

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Last year Charleston was ranked the best city in the U.S., now the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards has pegged Charleston as the top city in the whole world.

The magazine writes:

With the "best beaches in the southeast," it's no wonder Charleston took first place in our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States. The seaside proximity doesn't just allow for some picturesque views, but for some one-of-a-kind seafood as well. "The food, history, architecture and people are wonderful," said one reader. "A bucket list city!"

Ambience: 93.5
Friendliness: 91.5
Lodging: 85.8
Restaurants: 90.0
Culture/Sites: 89.6
Shopping: 72.4
Overall: 86.7

To celebrate the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau has produced the above video to say, "Thanks (Again) Y'all", and celebrate the sights of Charleston and the rythym of its sounds.

Kiawah Island did well too, bringing in its best score yet: 88.0.

You can see all the winners over here.

And a bit on the methedology: "

Methodology: The Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice survey, begun in 1988, is available through a secure Web site at This year's tabulations of 46,476 responses were done by Global Market Insite, Inc., of Boston. Organization: The questionnaire contains lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Individual candidates are judged by relevant criteria for each. Those that receive a required minimum number of responses are deemed eligible for a Readers' Choice Award. Evaluation: Each candidate is rated, criterion by criterion, on a five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. Those scores, which represent the percentage of excellent and very good ratings, are averaged to calculate the final score published here."