The Most and Least Attractive American Accents According to Survey

While the concept of attractiveness in an accent is highly subjective, it is intriguing to explore the different regional nuances that characterize the American way of speaking.

The Most Attractive American Accents

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Preply conducted a survey where they asked 1,000 individuals about their perceptions of accents to identify which accents are most attractive and the least favored.

Based on the data, the results are the following: 

10. Long Island

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How many like the accent: 9%

Noteworthy celebrities with Long Island accent: Natalie Portman, Alec Baldwin, Lindsay Lohan

9. Chicago

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How many like the accent: 12%

Noteworthy celebrities with Chicago accent: John C. Reilly, Jeremy Piven, John Belushi

8. Texas

How many like the accent: 16%

Noteworthy celebrities with Texas accent: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Renée Zellweger

7. Northeastern

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How many like the accent: 16%

Noteworthy celebrities with Northeastern accent: Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Aidan Quinn

6. Boston

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How many like the accent: 17%

Noteworthy celebrities with Boston accent: Mark Wahlberg, John Krasinski, Chris Evans

5. Southern California


How many like the accent: 18%

Noteworthy celebrities with Southern Californian accent: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie

4. New Orleans


How many like the accent: 19%

Noteworthy celebrities with New Orleans accent: Harry Connick Jr., John Goodman, Ellen DeGeneres

3. Midwestern

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How many like the accent: 24%

Noteworthy celebrities with Midwestern accent: Tom Hanks, Patricia Heaton, Vince Vaughn

2. New York

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How many like the accent: 30%

Noteworthy celebrities with New York accent: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Marisa Tomei

1. Southern


How many like the accent: 41 %

Noteworthy celebrities with Southern accent: Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon

Most Annoying American Accents

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The survey also revealed the American accents that drive people crazy. Surprisingly, some of the most attractive accents are also deemed the most annoying.

The Southern and Boston accents tie as the most annoying American accents, and Long Island follows in third place.

Despite ranking as the second most attractive accent, New York is fourth on the list of the most annoying accents.

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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