Providence also ranked first in three subcategories - geeky people, diners and bakeries - and the city also placed highly in many other areas, including art scene, pizza, hip/cool people, food trucks, gay-friendly vacation destination and theater. The poll asked respondents to rank cities in up to 67 categories on a scale from one to five, according to Travel and Leisure's website.
"I think they see what a lot of visitors and conventioneers and residents see - they see a city that's manageable and accessible and friendly, that has a really high quality of life," said Brian Hodge, communications and social media manager for the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. "They experience these amenities and restaurants and cultural and art attractions on a very convenient scale."
Due to the combined efforts of many city departments, Providence has "been on a roll with these rankings these last four years," said Lynne McCormack, director of Art, Culture and Tourism for Providence. The city was ranked "The Country's Best Small City" by Architectural Digest in May and first in the "Food/Drink/Restaurant" category by Travel and Leisure in 2012, as well as a "Notable Culinary Destination" in the small domestic city category by Saveur Magazine for the past two years. The city was also featured in a recent Wall Street Journal spread titled "The Perfect Long Weekend in Providence."
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