From southern drawls to harried New England tones, over one-third of Americans say they have an accent, according to new data from YouGov Omnibus. But even those who say they don’t personally have an accent often still have an opinion on which accents are the strongest and which ones are the most attractive.
According to Americans, the place in the US with the strongest accent is Boston, with 23% of people choosing this response. Another 16% say the Southern coast has the strongest regional accent, while New York and Texas were tied, with 13% saying these states had the strongest accents.
Although Boston has the strongest accent of any place in the US, it’s generally not the one Americans say they find the most attractive. That honor goes to Southern accents: 18% say Southern coastal accents are the most attractive, while 12% say Texas accents are the most attractive. Another 12% say that they don’t find any American accents attractive at all.