They smell of sunscreen. They wander into your photo frame. They stand on the left-hand side of the escalator and then stop abruptly when they get off to check their map. Whatever major city in the U.S. you live in, you’re probably familiar with the annual signs that the tourist season is upon us.
Whether you're a local resident in a city or a traveler yourself, you may have an interest in avoiding some of the more touristed areas. The map below, created by Yelp for The Washington Post, offers some insight. For 16 major cities in the U.S., the most “local” neighborhoods are marked with a red star, while the most “touristy” ones are marked with a blue camera.
Here’s how Yelp defined those metrics: For each of the largest neighborhoods in these 16 cities, Yelp assigned a "local score" that reflects the percentage of reviews for the businesses in that neighborhood that come from people whose Yelp profile shows them living in the same state. For example, in New York City, roughly 86 percent of reviews for businesses in East Harlem are written by people who list a city in New York as their home in their Yelp profile.
The most touristy neighborhoods by this ranking include the downtown areas of Seattle, Portland, Austin, Miami, and Atlanta. In other cities, the most touristy areas are Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, the Las Vegas Strip, New Orlean’s French Quarter, Penn Quarter in D.C., the Theater District in New York City, and Chicago’s Near North Side.
The most local neighborhoods include Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C., Yorkville in New York City, Outer Sunset San Francisco, Jefferson Park in Chicago, and Admiral in Seattle.
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