How Cities, States, and Regions Tweet About Tourists
We wanted to know just what people in popular destinations were saying, so we examined a collection of #tourist tweets from locations across the U.S. and rated them based on the sentiment analysis feature of the AlchemyAPI. The results show positive or negative tourist-related tweets from each state. Check out the findings below.
Coastal states may be known for their warm and sunny weather, but the same cannot be said about their attitudes toward tourists. Most beach states – such as Florida, South Carolina, and California – were critical of coastal crashing.
How do regional opinions stack up? The South and Northeast shared the most disdain, with a trending negative sentiment in both regions. The West ended up more or less neutral, while the Midwest managed an overwhelmingly positive sentiment score.
Illinois must really love travelers. Not only does it rank as the most welcoming state, but it’s home to Chicago as well. If the hot dogs and pizza weren’t enough of a reason for you to plan a few days there, perhaps knowing you’ll be welcomed with open arms by the locals will help your decision.
When international tourists visit the United States, the most popular destinations are New York, Florida, or California, with a combined total of 25.64 million visitors in 2014. Unfortunately for our overseas guests all three of these states made the least welcoming list.
Travel is good for the soul. Whether or not you’re a seasoned tourist, sometimes it can be fun to loosen up a bit. Just remember that while you may be ready to party, the same won’t be true for everyone else in town. So give the locals a break from time to time. And if you’re a hometown hero and the visitors have you feeling down, maybe it’s time for you to take a vacation and become a tourist yourself.
We pulled 37,171 geotagged tweets from June 1, 2014 to July, 20 2015 containing the terms “tourist” and “tourists.” We also looked at 26 different cities that had at least 100 related tweets. We then examined all tweets containing those terms for each state as well, though we lowered the threshold to at least 30 related tweets as not every state had 100 tourist-related tweets. We ran the tweets through the AlchemyAPI sentiment analysis to determine how positive or negative each city’s and state’s tourist-related tweets were.
We utilized 2013 population data to calculate the per capita rate for each state when comparing things such as vulgarity of tweets and tweets telling tourists to leave.
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