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Liverpool 'best known UK city outside London'

But poll of 1,000 Americans puts Paris in 10th place

Published on September 20th 2013.

Liverpool 'best known UK city outside London'

LIVERPOOL is the best-known provincial British city in the US, according to a new survey. 

It topped the rankings in a Google consumer poll of Americans who were asked to name a UK city that wasn't London. 

The survey of 1,000 US respondents, conducted by website BlogSession, saw 15 per cent answer “Liverpool”.

Was it the Beatles, was it the soccer, who knows? But it scraped into the lead just ahead of Manchester (12 per cent), effectively putting the North West vastly ahead of the rest of the UK on the radar of those "Over There".

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Third placed Leeds could only scrape 4.7 per cent, Cambridge (3.7 per cent) and Bristol (3.6 per cent).

But a little knowledge, or no knowledge of the outside world, is a dangerous thing.

In the bottom no 10 slot of best known British cities came Paris (cue Family Fortunes buzzer)  with 1.9 per cent of the vote. More than two per cent had no clue at all and answered, “I don't know.”

Other answers from the world super-power, where only two in five people have a passport, included “Whales”, Devonshire, “Bathe” and Queens.

Stacey Cavanagh, who conducted the poll and who and works in SEO for a Manchester-based digital marketing agency, puts the win firmly down to Americans' love of all things Fab.

She told Confidential: "The survey was the response of a bit of an office debate about whether Manchester, or Birmingham, should be the UK's official second city.

"Obviously, we were a bit biased. So, just for fun, I thought I'd see what our transatlantic counterparts made of it.

"Clearly, I didn't factor in Beatles-mania (fail on my part) and we were pipped to the post by Liverpool. To be fair, being beaten by the Beatles is understandable!"


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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousSeptember 20th 2013.

Oh, dear. Hey, it could have been Leads.

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John BradleySeptember 20th 2013.

Even that would have been better than Leeds.

Stevo Music ManSeptember 21st 2013.

Surprised no Glasgow or Edinburgh or Corby mentioned lol

mickeydrippin'September 23rd 2013.

Wot! No Manchester!!!

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AnonymousSeptember 23rd 2013.

Er, yep. Fourth paragraph

Yankee Google BandySeptember 24th 2013.

There is something lyrical about American towns and cities. Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Baton Rouge, Nashville, Houston. Heckmondwike, Oswaldtistle, Hartlepool, Hull and Bognor don't have the same gravitas. They are unlikely to ever feature in the charts stateside, that may be the reason Americans don't know anywhere other than Liverpool......Then again it might be that they're all thick.....Just a thought.

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AnonymousSeptember 24th 2013.

"It's Grim Up North"

AtlasSeptember 24th 2013.

Don't talk rubbish! ‘Chicago’ and ‘Baton Rouge’ are French ‘San Francisco’ is Spanish ‘Houston’ - we have the original in Renfrewshire ‘New York’ – we have the original York, Eboracum or Jorvik! ‘Nashville’ is chav.

Yankee Google BandySeptember 25th 2013.

Apologies I missed the second W in Oswaldtwistle, you missed the y off grim, and who asked Charlie boy to muscle in........Eboracum Eboracum they had to name it twice......I'm sitting in a honky in Chicago, with a broken ***** and a woman on my mind, I came here last week from down in Nashville.......I left my ***** in San Francisco,you also have hearts in Midlothian. Anyway I'm busted flat in Baton Rouge, so I'm going back to Houston. Capiche

AtlasSeptember 25th 2013.

Even clever Americans don't actually know where Liverpool is: "It's a port, near London." I was told in a New York bookshop.

Yankee Google BandySeptember 25th 2013.

"might be" not are, I'm quite sure there are clever Americans. I watched Jamie Oliver on TV, some of the kids didn't know the names of vegetables. I would not wish to denigrate our American cousins, Bob Hope once said that Americas German scientists were better than Russias German scientists, then again it's easy for Bob to say that, he was born in the UK. incidentally two hundred plus miles is little or nothing in a big country.

Judith PattersonSeptember 26th 2013.

Don't care what americans have to say, England take pride in yourself, the less americans and Australians in England , the better.

Bizarre Bangled SpannerOctober 28th 2013.

Hurray for the red white and glue.

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