The Most Boring Town in Every State

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The Most Boring Town in Every State
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By all measures, America is a pretty cool place. But if you venture too far from the main attractions—the bustling metropolises, the quaint vacation destinations, the jaw-dropping natural wonders—you can find yourself in some achingly drab territory. We’re talking towns where the average age is higher than the speed limit, where most of the citizens are married (with kids!), and where the number of restaurants and venues can be counted on your fingers.

Now, that’s not to say there’s nothing to do in such towns; of course, every place has its charms. But there are some spots where you can count on having very, very little to do. Drawing on data from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey, we examined which places in each state have the highest median ages, the fewest number of things to do, and the lowest population density—making it a decent chance you’ll have trouble finding tons and tons of fun. (In some cases, exact figures were not available for the individual town, so if a certain field is marked with an asterisk, the data relates to the county in which the place is located.)

To be crystal-clear, we didn’t hand-select these towns. Everything here is based on qualitative figures, as fed through an algorithm. It’s also essential to note that these towns aren’t all boring in the same way; some scored higher because there’s very little to do there, while others scored higher because there are so few people to do anything with. Each factor was weighed in coming up with the final decision on which town is the most boring town in your state. Hey, you can’t argue with data. And for more fascinating knowledge about your state, check out The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State.

Alabama: Goodwater

photo of store in Goodwater, Alabama, one of the most boring towns in America Wikimedia Commons/SaveRivers

Population: 1,664
Size (square miles): 6.52
Density (people per square mile): 255.21
Median Age: 43.3
Percent of Population Over 65: 18.6
Percent of Family Households: 63.8
Number of Entertainment spots: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 4

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Alaska: Wrangell

Wrangell, Alaska, USA - July 24, 2017: The Stikine Drug, a souvenirs and clothes store at the Front St in the Wrangell downtown. - Image Shutterstock/Ruben M Ramos

Population: 2,475
Size (square miles): 3,462
Density (people per square mile): 0.68
Median Age: 49.2
Percent of Population Over 65: 24.75
Percent of Family Households: 22.4
Number of Entertainment spots: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 6

Arizona: Quartzsite

USA, AZ, QUARTZSITE - JAN 19, 2018 - Interstate 10 at the city of Quartzsite - Image Shutterstock/Laurens Hoddenbagh

Population: 3,669
Size (square miles): 36.3
Density (people per square mile): 101.07
Median Age: 70.2
Percent of Population Over 65: 71.4
Percent of Family Households: 53.8
Number of Entertainment spots: 0
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 21

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Arkansas: Bull Shoals

Visitors center overlooking Bull Shoals State Park, Arkansas. Wikimedia Commons/CoreBurn

Population: 2,312
Size (square miles): 4.98
Density (people per square mile): 464.26
Median Age: 57.7
Percent of Population Over 65: 35.6
Percent of Family Households: 59.5
Number of Entertainment spots*: 6
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 30

California: Portola Valley

Clouds Hang Low over the Rolling Hills of Portola Valley outside of Silicon Valley, California, USA - Image Shutterstock/Elizabeth Winterbourne

Population: 4,589
Size (square miles): 9.1
Density (people per square mile): 504.29
Median Age: 54.4
Percent of Population Over 65: 30.9
Percent of Family Households: 71.8
Number of Entertainment spots: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 5

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Colorado: Silver Cliff

Silver Cliff, Colorado - Image Shutterstock/WTS Photo

Population: 748
Size (square miles): 15.47
Density (people per square mile): 48.35
Median Age: 43.9
Percent of Population Over 65: 21.0
Percent of Family Households: 52.5
Number of Entertainment spots: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 12

Connecticut: Essex

ESSEX, CONNECTICUT, USA - June 19, 2018: American flags and a white picket fence line Main Street in Essex, an all-American village. - Image Shutterstock/Jeff Holcombe

Population: 2,477
Size (square miles): 5
Density (people per square mile): 516.04
Median Age: 57.3
Percent of Population Over 65: 36.4
Percent of Family Households: 62.4
Number of Entertainment spots*: 102
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 421

Delaware: Lewes

LEWES, DELAWARE - AUGUST 29, 2017: Tour boats and fishing boats are moored in the harbor at sunset in Lewes, Delaware, a United States eastern shore town rich in Civil War history. - Image Shutterstock/Duckeesue

Population: 2,961
Size (square miles): 4.72
Density (people per square mile): 627.33
Median Age: 67.1
Percent of Population Over 65: 58.2
Percent of Family Households: 56.4
Number of Entertainment spots: 5
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 35

Florida: Wildwood

The Wildwood Travel Center, a franchise of Travel Centers of America along Interstate 75 off of Florida State Road 44 in Wildwood, Florida. This section of SR 44 is loaded with truck stops, tourist centers, hotels, and what not, not only because of the interchange with I-75, but because of the close proximity of the northern terminus of Florida's Turnpike. Wikimedia Commons/DanTD

Population: 6,311
Size (square miles): 40.45
Density (people per square mile): 156.02
Median Age: 54.8
Percent of Population Over 65: 37.6
Percent of Family Households: 66.8
Number of Entertainment spots: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 18

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Georgia: Fort Oglethorpe

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Jameson

Population: 9,690
Size (square miles): 13.9
Density (people per square mile): 697.12
Median Age: 37.4
Percent of Population Over 65: 21
Percent of Family Households: 59.7
Number of Entertainment spots: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 50

Hawaii: Kurtistown

Kurtistown, Hawaii Flickr/DeWaine Tollefsrud

Population: 1,381
Size (square miles): 5.9
Density (people per square mile): 234.07
Median Age: 49.4
Percent of Population Over 65: 14.6
Percent of Family Households: 70.4
Number of Entertainment spots*: 69
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 430

Idaho: Council

Adams County Courthouse in Council, Adams County, Idaho Wikimedia Commons/Ken Lund

Population: 903
Size (square miles): 1.08
Density (people per square mile): 836.11
Median Age: 48.3
Percent of Population Over 65: 26.4
Percent of Family Households: 62.2
Number of Entertainment spots: 5
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 14

Illinois: Golconda

Front of the Golconda city hall, located at 118 Monroe Street in Golconda, Illinois, United States. According to the plaque, it was built by the National Youth Administration in 1940. Wikimedia Commons/Nyttend

Population: 822
Size (square miles): 0.5
Density (people per square mile): 1,644.00
Median Age: 47
Percent of Population Over 65: 23.6
Percent of Family Households: 47
Number of Entertainment spots: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 5

Indiana: Nashville

Brown County - Nashville Indiana. Train takes you on a tour around town. Wikimedia Commons/Serge Melki

Population: 1,219
Size (square miles): 1.42
Density (people per square mile): 858.45
Median Age: 55.4
Percent of Population Over 65: 32.8
Percent of Family Households: 46.5
Number of Entertainment spots*: 13
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 33

Iowa: Audubon

A 158 year old cottonwood tree grows in the middle of an intersection in rural Audubon County, Iowa - Image Shutterstock/Suzanne Tucker

Population: 2,005
Size (square miles): 1.88
Density (people per square mile): 1,066.49
Median Age: 48.6
Percent of Population Over 65: 27.1
Percent of Family Households: 61
Number of Entertainment spots*: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 6

Kansas: Mankato

First National Bank building (left) and Ute Theater (right), located at northwest corner of Jefferson and Commercial Streets in Mankato, Kansas; seen from the southeast. Wikimedia Commons/Ammodramus

Population: 894
Size (square miles): 1.01
Density (people per square mile): 885.15
Median Age: 46.6
Percent of Population Over 65: 23.7
Percent of Family Households: 59.8
Number of Entertainment spots*: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 7

Kentucky: Eddyville

Overview from the east of the Kentucky State Penitentiary complex in Eddyville, Kentucky, United States. Photo looks west from Kentucky Route 730. Wikimedia Commons/Nyttend

Population: 2,576
Size (square miles): 7.8
Density (people per square mile): 330.26
Median Age: 40.8
Percent of Population Over 65: 11.3
Percent of Family Households: 59.2
Number of Entertainment spots: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 12

Louisiana: Harahan

tion Harahan, Louisiana. Welcome sign on Jefferson Highway at upriver boundry with River Ridge. Wikimedia Commons/Infrogmation

Population: 9,367
Size (square miles): 2.49
Density (people per square mile): 3,761.85
Median Age: 44.8
Percent of Population Over 65: 19.2
Percent of Family Households: 66.4
Number of Entertainment spots: 5
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 33

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Maine: Dover-Foxcroft

American Woolen Company Foxcroft Mill, Dover-Foxroft, Maine. Wikimedia Commons/Magicpiano

Population: 4,077
Size (square miles): 71.18
Density (people per square mile): 57.28
Median Age: 49.5
Percent of Population Over 65: 24.3
Percent of Family Households: 63.2
Number of Entertainment spots: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 8

Maryland: Easton

Downtown Easton during high Autumn Color in Maryland - Image Shutterstock/Christian Hinkle

Population: 16,606
Size (square miles): 11.58
Density (people per square mile): 1,434.02
Median Age: 43.3
Percent of Population Over 65: 23.5
Percent of Family Households: 60.8
Number of Entertainment spots: 0
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 81

Massachusetts: Barnstable

Craigville Beach, Barnstable, Massachusetts Flickr/Kevin Rutherford

Population: 44,325
Size (square miles): 76.3
Density (people per square mile): 580.93
Median Age: 48.2
Percent of Population Over 65: 22.9
Percent of Family Households: 63.4
Number of Entertainment spots: 40
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 196

Michigan: Harrisville

Old Barn, Harrisville Michigan - Image Shutterstock/Ricky D

Population: 391
Size (square miles): 0.63
Density (people per square mile): 620.63
Median Age: 57.8
Percent of Population Over 65: 38.6
Percent of Family Households: 56.3
Number of Entertainment spots*: 8
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 26

Minnesota: Mendota Heights

Interstate 35E Bridge in Mendota Heights Wikimedia Commons/Gabriel Vanslette

Population: 11,253
Size (square miles): 10.05
Density (people per square mile): 1,119.70
Median Age: 50.4
Percent of Population Over 65: 21.8
Percent of Family Households: 73.2
Number of Entertainment spots: 7
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 16

Mississippi: Gloster

ription MS33 North -Sign - Gloster Wikimedia Commons/FormulaNone

Population: 1,039
Size (square miles): 1.82
Density (people per square mile): 570.88
Median Age: 38
Percent of Population Over 65: 15.4
Percent of Family Households: 61.6
Number of Entertainment spots*: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 3

Missouri: Weldon Spring

Rocky Bluff over Missouri River at Klondike Park in Weldon Springs Missouri - Image Shutterstock/WSpin

Population: 5,443
Size (square miles): 7.64
Density (people per square mile): 712.43
Median Age: 54.9
Percent of Population Over 65: 27
Percent of Family Households: 77.1
Number of Entertainment spots: 6
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 13

Montana: Philipsburg

Philipsburg Historic District Wikimedia Commons/Jon Roanhaus

Population: 684
Size (square miles): 0.8
Density (people per square mile): 855.00
Median Age: 49.9
Percent of Population Over 65: 34.9
Percent of Family Households: 52.5
Number of Entertainment spots*: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 16

Nebraska: Ord

Downtown Ord, Nebraska: north side of L Street, looking northwest from about 15th Street. Wikimedia Commons/Ammodramus

Population: 2,367
Size (square miles): 2.1
Density (people per square mile): 1,127.14
Median Age: 42.6
Percent of Population Over 65: 25.6
Percent of Family Households: 57.2
Number of Entertainment spots*: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 9

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Nevada: Virginia City

Virginia City, Nevada - Sep 17, 2017: The downtown overhang main street in the morning - Image Shutterstock/PurpleXSU

Population: 546
Size (square miles): 0.8
Density (people per square mile): 682.50
Median Age: 51.3
Percent of Population Over 65: 31
Percent of Family Households: 55.6
Number of Entertainment spots*: 9
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 14

New Hampshire: Bartlett

Bartlett, NH, USA - October 12, 2012: Halloween Decoration in Front of the Covered Bridge Gift Shoppe. The historic Bartlett Covered Bridge is one of 53 covered bridges left in New Hampshire. - Image Shutterstock/Albert Pego

Population: 2,788
Size (square miles): 75.3
Density (people per square mile): 37.03
Median Age: 50.1
Percent of Population Over 65: 22.7
Percent of Family Households: 58.3
Number of Entertainment spots: 6
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 31

New Jersey: Audubon Park

aerial view of audubon new jersey Wikimedia Commons

Population: 951
Size (square miles): 0.155
Density (people per square mile): 6135.48
Median Age 52
Percent of Population Over 65: 26.3
Percent of Family Households: 57.2
Number of Entertainment spots*: 38
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 998

New Mexico: Reserve

The Catron County Courthouse in Reserve (New Mexico, USA). Wikimedia Commons/Peter Potrowl

Population: 571
Size (square miles): 0.50
Density (people per square mile): 1,142.00
Median Age 35
Percent of Population Over 65: 24.2
Percent of Family Households: 56.6
Number of Entertainment spots*: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 12

New York: Bayville

bayville new york Shutterstock

Population: 6,752
Size (square miles): 1.5
Density (people per square mile): 4,501.33
Median Age: 47.6
Percent of Population Over 65: 21.4
Percent of Family Households: 72.6
Number of Entertainment spots: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 15

North Carolina: Leland

 Welcome to the Town of Leland, North Carolina Wikimedia Commons/IdaWriter

Population: 18,023
Size (square miles): 19.9
Density (people per square mile): 905.68
Median Age: 41.7
Percent of Population Over 65: 22.3
Percent of Family Households: 69.9
Number of Entertainment spots: 5
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 39

North Dakota: Wishek

Wishek, North Dakota Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Filer

Population: 979
Size (square miles): 1.45
Density (people per square mile): 675.17
Median Age: 53.2
Percent of Population Over 65: 33.2
Percent of Family Households: 57.9
Number of Entertainment spots*: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 10

Ohio: Gates Mills

The Chagrin River in Gates Mills, Ohio, flowing through brilliant autumn color - Image Shutterstock/Kenneth Sponsler

Population: 2,269
Size (square miles): 9.1
Density (people per square mile): 249.34
Median Age: 52
Percent of Population Over 65: 24.1
Percent of Family Households: 59.5
Number of Entertainment spots: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 22

Oklahoma: Grove

Corey House/Hotel, N. Main at 2nd St. Grove Wikimedia Commons/Melodibit

Population: 6,791
Size (square miles): 9.3
Density (people per square mile): 730.22
Median Age: 55.4
Percent of Population Over 65: 36.5
Percent of Family Households: 62.8
Number of Entertainment spots: 7
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 27

Oregon: Fossil

English: Main Street in Fossil, Oregon, looking south from the high school parking lot Wikimedia Commons/Finetooth

Population: 436
Size (square miles): 0.79
Density (people per square mile): 551.90
Median Age: 59.1
Percent of Population Over 65: 39.2
Percent of Family Households: 55.4
Number of Entertainment spots*: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 5

Pennsylvania: White Oak

Houses on the western side of Oliver Drive north of Pennsylvania Route 48 in White Oak, Pennsylvania, United States. Wikimedia Commons/Nyttend

Population: 7,774
Size (square miles): 6.67
Density (people per square mile): 1,165.52
Median Age: 52
Percent of Population Over 65: 24.1
Percent of Family Households: 59.5
Number of Entertainment spots: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 22

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Rhode Island: Coventry

South Main Street Historic District, Coventry, Rhode Island. Wikimedia Commons/Magicpiano

Population: 35,014
Size (square miles): 62.3
Density (people per square mile): 562.02
Median Age: 44.2
Percent of Population Over 65: 15.8
Percent of Family Households: 71.4
Number of Entertainment spots: 8
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 60

South Carolina: Hollywood

Oaks Avenue at Dixie Plantation, Hollywood, South Carolina USA - Image Shutterstock/Chinnasut Nhurod

Population: 4,714
Size (square miles): 24.5
Density (people per square mile): 192.41
Median Age: 56.8
Percent of Population Over 65: 28.8
Percent of Family Households: 72.5
Number of Entertainment spots: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 4

South Dakota: Custer

CUSTER, SD -7 NOV 2015- The Gold Rush town of Custer in the Black Hills of South Dakota in Sioux territory is next to the Crazy Horse Memorial currently in construction. - Image Shutterstock/EQ Roy

Population: 2,124
Size (square miles): 2.54
Density (people per square mile): 836.22
Median Age: 54.5
Percent of Population Over 65: 28.3
Percent of Family Households: 56
Number of Entertainment spots*: 10
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 54

Tennessee: Forest Hills

Forest Hills School, Carters Creek Wikimedia Commons/Skye Marthaler

Population: 4,812
Size (square miles): 9.3
Density (people per square mile): 517.42
Median Age: 47.7
Percent of Population Over 65: 21.4
Percent of Family Households: 85.3
Number of Entertainment spots: 5
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 1,714 (Forest Hills is in the same county as Nashville)

Texas: Bandera

Bandera, Texas, United States This photo is in 1 album Longhorns of Bandera Texas Hill Country 42 items Tags Bandera Texas outdoor Flickr/Bill Staney

Population: 785
Size (square miles): 1.2
Density (people per square mile): 654.17
Median Age: 50.8
Percent of Population Over 65: 28.7
Percent of Family Households: 55.1
Number of Entertainment spots: 5
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 32

Utah: Circleville

 English: Unused farmland covered in wildflowers span across the photo. In the background, snow dusted mountains raise proudly into the clouds. Wikimedia Commons/Barbara Whitney

Population: 505
Size (square miles): 9.1
Density (people per square mile): 55.49
Median Age*: 48.3
Percent of Population Over 65: 21
Percent of Family Households: 77.8
Number of Entertainment spots*: 1
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 5

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Vermont: Canaan

Description Canaan, Vermont, United States Wikimedia Commons/P199

Population: 1,030
Size (square miles): 675
Density (people per square mile): 30.83
Median Age: 49.2
Percent of Population Over 65: 20.5
Percent of Family Households: 67
Number of Entertainment spots*: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 13

Virginia: Wytheville

Wytheville, USA - April 19, 2018: Small town village signs for stores, shops, boutiques in southern south Virginia, historic brick buildings - Image Shutterstock/Kristi Blokhin

Population: 8,211
Size (square miles): 14.3
Density (people per square mile): 574.20
Median Age: 50
Percent of Population Over 65: 26.3
Percent of Family Households: 56.6
Number of Entertainment spots: 6
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 59

Washington: Port Townsend

Port Townsend, Washington waterfront view of old Victorian era architecture on a clear sunny day with blue sky. Tourist destination on the Olympic Peninsula in the northwest USA. - Image Shutterstock/CDrin

Population: 9,315
Size (square miles): 9.46
Density (people per square mile): 984.67
Median Age: 55
Percent of Population Over 65: 30.4
Percent of Family Households: 51.1
Number of Entertainment spots: 8
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 74

West Virginia: Franklin

 English: View north along U.S. Route 220 (Main Street) south of Spruce Street in Franklin, Pendleton County, West Virginia Wikimedia Commons/Famartin

Population: 721
Size (square miles): 0.56
Density (people per square mile): 1,287.50
Median Age: 38.7
Percent of Population Over 65: 18.5
Percent of Family Households: 66.2
Number of Entertainment spots: 2
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 28

Wisconsin: Hurley

 The sign for w:Hurley, Wisconsin on Wisconsin Highway 77. Wikimedia Commons/RoyalBroil

Population: 1,487
Size (square miles): 3.58
Density (people per square mile): 415.36
Median Age: 51.5
Percent of Population Over 65: 28
Percent of Family Households: 46.7
Number of Entertainment spots*: 3
Number of Hotels/Restaurants*: 54

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Wyoming: Evansville

Demolition car at American Pride Dog and Car Wash in Evansville, Wyoming. Wikimedia Commons/Nate

Population: 2,544
Size (square miles): 3.58
Density (people per square mile): 718.6
Median Age: 32.9
Percent of Population Over 65: 8.8
Percent of Family Households: 65.9
Number of Entertainment spots: 0
Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 12

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Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the number of hotels and restaurants in Bayville, New York. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 15 hotels and restaurants, and not zero. We regret the error.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a new “most boring” town for the state of New Jersey. It is now Audubon Park, and not Ocean City.

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