The most exciting place to live in every state — and the most boring hometown you can have


Debates about “best” and “worst” municipalities elicit strong thinks. It’s a ticklish publication because such debates are primarily subjective.

So Business Insider attempted to use data to definitively prove which are the most exciting and most boring cities in every state across America.

To do that, we made counts of the number of establishments for 66 different types of businesses — like breweries, artwork peddlers, and museums — that can make a city more “interesting.” We sourced data regarding the Census Bureau’s 2015 County Business Patterns curriculum and picked the metro areas with the highest and lowest tally of these businesses for our interesting and birthing cities.

For example, the New York City metro area has 62 breweries, 762 artwork merchants, and 305 museums, based on federal data. That intention up being the “most exciting” city in New York. Elmira, the “most boring” city in New York, has two breweries, zero skill marketers, and four museums. Of route, this means that bigger metropolitans tended to grade better as “exciting” cities, but that is a trend for most inventories of this nature.

The list below breaks out metropolitans by each of the 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas recognized by the federal government. You will see that some of the metro fields encompass more than one nation( e.g. New York City includes Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey ). We have made it clear in the slips below which metro neighborhoods cover more than one state.

And two states — Rhode Island and Vermont — are not included in the list since they are don’t have at least two metro provinces as defined by the federal government.

Read below to assure the most exciting and most boring metropoli in every state in America.

Alabama Sean Pavone/ Shutterstock

Most Exciting

Birmingham, Hoover, Alabama

Population: 1,144, 857

Most Boring

Gadsden, Alabama

Population: 102,873

Alaska Shutterstock/ akphotoc

Most Exciting

Anchorage, Alaska

Population: 399,432

Most Boring

Fairbanks, Alaska

Population: 99,639

Arizona Shutterstock

Most Exciting

Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Arizona

Population: 4,567, 857

Most Boring

Sierra Vista-Douglas, Arizona

Population: 126,395

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