America's Strangest People

10/01/2013 12:03 pm ET | Updated Nov 27, 2013

The last time Greg Newkirk visited New Orleans, one of his favorite local attractions was an actual local.

"I had walked into a shop to ask a few questions and ended up getting a thorough history of New Orleans voodoo by a man who was the nicest self-professed vampire you would ever meet," says the Cincinnati-based editor of "He gave us weird travel advice, delicious food advice, and psychic life advice. If that doesn't sum up the French Quarter, I don't know what does."

Such full-service eccentricity made New Orleans a natural contender for the nation's strangest people, based on votes in the offbeat category of T+L's annual America's Favorite Cities survey. Readers rank 35 metropolitan areas for features such as live music and food trucks as well as their residents -- be they smart, attractive, or, indeed, lovably weird.

--Katrina Brown Hunt

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