Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach Among Real Estate Site's 50 Most Boring Cities in America

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Do you want the good news or the bad news first. OK then, no Orange County city is among a wascally real estate site's list of the Top 10 Most Boring Cities in America. But two of our biggest cities and an LA County neighbor we adopted long ago do crack the top 50.

Movoto started with the 100 biggest cities in America and then used U.S. Census and other data to determine things like the number of parks, outdoor activities, bars, nightclubs, music venues, comedy clubs, movie theaters, festivals, galleries and theaters each one has per capita.

Consideration was also given for the number of fast-food restaurants (the fewer the better) and non-fast-food restaurants (the higher the better). As Chris Hardwick would say, "Points!" for those towns with high population densities and high percentages of residents ages 18 to 34.

And so, after the numbers were crunched, Lubbock, Texas, was deemed the most boring city in the land. (I know someone who lived there who would agree.) The first California city to make the list is No. 7 San Bernardino, which, ironically, is where yours truly and my old pal who spent time in Lubbock are from originally. At least neither of our current cities made the list.

But some pretty dang close to me did. At No. 39 is Santa Ana, while Anaheim is No. 48, followed by Long Beach, which was somehow bettered by No. 50: Fort Worth, Texas.

When it came to rankings, the only category where Santa Ana has single digits is population density (No. 8). The city of 324,528 ranks 90th in 18- to 34-year-olds (which does not sound right) and 90th in music venues, according to Movoto.

Anaheim has its 336,265 Mouseketeers spread out pretty well, according to the city's 88th place finish in population density. Its ranking for entertainment venues seems very middling considering the clubs, arena and stadium (filled with major league sports franchises) and the second most popular theme park in the land being there.

Long Beach tops our three cities in 18 to 34 population, although I'd suspect it to finish higher than 49th in the U.S. in that section. And how could it be 97th in population density considering all the rentals, all the people crammed into those rentals and all the single-family homes that have been converted into multi-unit housing? How does Movoto think 462,257 people fit into snug Long Beach anyway? Hmmm ...

And for God's sakes, where the hell is Irvine?

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ravelbolero2012
ravelbolero2012

just move the strip clubs and pot shops to downtown, problem solved.

MJS562
MJS562

Weird. LB is pretty active. 

Lynn Quam
Lynn Quam

Huntington Beach was awesome in late 60's an70's 1452 melody lane

MeToo
MeToo

If your bored living in these places you must be rich. Poor people can't afford to be bored they are too busy trying to eek out a living day to day, hand to mouth. boredom is a luxury to those who can't afford it.  So if you're bored living in one of the above mentioned places consider yourself a lucky bastard.

Kamilah Middleton
Kamilah Middleton

So, I work for a company where I have to talk to people from Alabama and Texas daily. Sometimes I look at their houses on google maps when I'm bored and you're telling me that the home of disneyland is more boring than cities that have houses 1/4 of a mile apart and the nightlife for young people includes tipping cows? LOL I don't believe that.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Irvine may be boring, but it's not boring to drive in. You get lots of excitement. Irivine drivers are so bad even the illegal aliens who drive in Irvine get insurance.

John Rockwell
John Rockwell

Nobody's here long enough to know what the city is like. Almost all of my entertainment dollars go to other cities, sadly. I support many restaurants here, though!

Jacob Yungman
Jacob Yungman

WTF. I live in La Mirada, where the only entertainment is a second run dollar theater. I drive 40 minutes down to Long Beach weekly because it is extremely diverse, has an excellent art scene, tons of bars, and overall is more reasonably priced than LA.

George Amicay
George Amicay

I was born and raised in Santa Ana. I left after enlisting in the Air Force. Never been back. Shitty Bean town now.

Raffi Zaki
Raffi Zaki

the fuck? Long beach has tons of festivals, awesome events, and great nightlife. Shit we even have an island, catalina! this is derp

Nick Agro
Nick Agro

What a joke. So many times I've said "if it wasn't for long beach, Santa Ana or Anaheim, I would hate living in this area."

Adam Lovinus
Adam Lovinus

Long Beach might be the most interesting place I've ever been wtf

Chris Vũ Creates
Chris Vũ Creates

Midway City (betcha never even heard of it) is the most insignificant, let alone most boring, Orange County,CA city.

Karen Fahrenheit
Karen Fahrenheit

Mission Potato and Rancho Horrible Margarita, absolutely. Long Beach, nopesolutely.

Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

long beach are you kidding me???i live here and there is a lot to do and always something going on.. what dumbass chose these cities??

Lisa Burrell
Lisa Burrell

I always say that Fountain Valley is the most boring city in OC... (I work in FV, myself)

John Hald
John Hald

They're on the map for a reason

Letty Mendoza
Letty Mendoza

Anaheim??? Um, the happiest place on earth??

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

hell, Santa Ana boring? not if you're not Mexican.. if you are a non-Mexican you can expect an exciting evening of being beaten to death by from ghetto trash talking cows.. hell, its the national pastime in ole mehico!!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

where the hell is Irvine?  Not on this list!  HA!  Take that, Coker!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@MeToo 

That's a good point. I suppose extensive stretches of boredom are what one might call a "1st world problem"...

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@20ftjesus 

Your fair city may not be the most boring...but it's sure one of the worst cities to find a gas station in. ;-)

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@20ftjesus  I'll give you this: the view out the window of the Ruby's of the drainage ditch or whatever it is snaking up to the hills is spectacular.

blowupmexico
blowupmexico

@MatthewTCoker @mehiconoesbueno


yeah but they get beaten by their own primos... also, dont forget, young girls seem to be open for rape by their various relatives.. aint mexican culture great?

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle @20ftjesus I did my time in Irvine, brand spankin' new house in Irvine.  Plenty of gas stations, they just don't look like gas stations.  


slop101
slop101

@MatthewTCoker @20ftjesus Hey, Irvine may be boring, but as far as food, it has a really good non-fast-food to fast-food restaurant ratio, favoring non-fast-food by a pretty good margin. And you got Irvine Meadows for music, the only big venue in OC.

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