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TripAdvisor(R), the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced its American city survey of more than 3,400 U.S. respondents revealing opinions on the best and worst of major U.S. cities. Travelers heaped praise on Portland, Oregon, naming it the most underrated U.S. city, as well as the cleanest U.S. city. Detroit, however, was not well received by travelers, as it was considered the least favorite, least healthy, and dirtiest U.S. city. To put Portland's underrated standing in perspective, Las Vegas received in excess of 100 times more searches on TripAdvisor than Oregon's largest city from January through May 2009.

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  Favorite City                   Least Favorite City
  1. New York City                1. Detroit
  2. San Francisco                2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago and Boston(tie)      3. Atlanta

  Most Underrated                 Most Overrated
  Portland, Ore.                  Las Vegas

  Most Economical                 Most Expensive
  Las Vegas                       New York City

  Cleanest                        Dirtiest
  Portland, Ore.                  Detroit

  Sexiest                         Most Boring
  Miami                           Cleveland

  Healthiest                      Least Healthy
  Seattle                         Detroit

  Friendliest and Most Helpful    Least Friendly and Helpful
  New York City                   New York City

  Best Free Attractions           Most Romantic
  Washington, D.C.                Honolulu

  Nicest Sounding Accent          Most Annoying Accent
  Atlanta                         Boston

"Portland, Oregon is a major U.S. city that doesn't get a whole lot of publicity, but is a gem in the eyes of TripAdvisor travelers," said Michele Perry, vice president of communications for TripAdvisor. "Detroit on the other hand may be suffering a residual effect of the automotive industry collapse, as travelers ran all over Motown."

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix, March 2009

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