This Is the Most Boring State in the U.S.

Not every state in the U.S. is full of bustling metropolises or stunning landscapes.

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From the bright lights of New York City to the majestic mountains of Colorado, the United States is full of exciting sights to see and natural wonders to marvel over. But not every state in the U.S. has bustling metropolises and stunning landscapes. Some, if we're being frank, are a bit less exhilarating than others. Whether it's because a large portion of their population is settled down or their number of watering holes per capita could be counted on one hand, some states are just more boring than others. We decided it would be interesting to figure out which ones in particular stand out for being uninteresting. While it's a pretty subjective notion, we tried to determine the most boring state using objective statistics, pulling together demographic data and other relevant metrics.

Drawing on the most recent American Community Survey from the U.S. Census, we looked at a few data points. First, we factored in a state's population density, with the expectation that more people in a smaller space makes things a little bit more interesting. We also examined the percent of the population that was married, had kids, and was older than 65, all of which could be expected to make a place a bit less exciting. To cap it off, we pulled information from the U.S. Census Bureau's County Business Patterns to examine the number of bars in each state per 100,000 residents. Then, each factor was weighed to come up with our Boring Index score, which ultimately determined which state is essentially a snooze fest.

It's also essential to note that these states aren't all boring in the same way; some scored worse because there's very little to do there, while others scored worse because there are so few people to do anything with. But looking at the numbers, the results were clear. The most boring state in the country has less than five bars per 100,000 residents, fewer nightlife options than almost any other state. But where it really scores its "boring points" is in its demographics. More than two-thirds of the state's households have kids, while 23 percent of adult residents are married—the most of any state in both of those factors.

While these statistics no doubt encourage stability and many other positive qualities, it doesn't make the state all that exciting. Despite having the lowest rate of residents over the age of 65, its high boring scores in the aforementioned areas make this one state the king of dull. Read on to find out how your state ranked, counting down from least boring to most boring. And if you're more interested in your state's friendly factor, check out This Is the Unfriendliest State in the U.S.

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Rhode Island

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Density (people per square mile): 1,025

Population over age 65: 17.70 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 46.46 percent

Marriage rate: 14.10 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 22.2

Boring Index: 12.17

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New Jersey

People bike and walk in front of traditional villas in Cape May, New Jersey, USA, on a sunny summer day.
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Density (people per square mile): 1,208

Population over age 65: 16.60 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 56.19 percent

Marriage rate: 14.30 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 10.4

Boring Index: 21.48

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin
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Density (people per square mile): 108

Population over age 65: 17.50 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 54.00 percent

Marriage rate: 15.60 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 47.4

Boring Index: 21.82

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North Dakota

Snow outside the Fargo theatre in North Dakota
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Density (people per square mile): 11

Population over age 65: 15.80 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 59.17 percent

Marriage rate: 21.50 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 51.9

Boring Index: 22.64

46
Montana

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Density (people per square mile): 7

Population over age 65: 19.50 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 52.20 percent

Marriage rate: 15.60 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 50.6

Boring Index: 22.81

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45
Massachusetts

Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.
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Density (people per square mile): 884

Population over age 65: 17.00 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 54.05 percent

Marriage rate: 15.60 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 10.2

Boring Index: 38.57

44
South Dakota

The main street of Deadwood, South Dakota with cars and shops in view.
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Density (people per square mile): 12

Population over age 65: 17.40 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 56.70 percent

Marriage rate: 18.00 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 37.5

Boring Index: 42.95

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Connecticut

Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. Hartford is known for its attractive architectural styles and being the Insurance capital of the United States
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Density (people per square mile): 736

Population over age 65: 17.60 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 53.23 percent

Marriage rate: 13.20 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 8.7

Boring Index: 47.18

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42
New York

Poughkeepsie, New York skyline
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Density (people per square mile): 413

Population over age 65: 16.90 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 55.73 percent

Marriage rate: 15.00 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 17.3

Boring Index: 51.32

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Iowa

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Density (people per square mile): 57

Population over age 65: 17.50 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 57.14 percent

Marriage rate: 17.50 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 29.5

Boring Index: 52.57

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Nebraska

The skyline of Omaha, Nebraska
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Density (people per square mile): 25

Population over age 65: 16.10 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 60.16 percent

Marriage rate: 16.10 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 28.5

Boring Index: 54.61

39
Illinois

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Density (people per square mile): 228

Population over age 65: 16.10 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 57.40 percent

Marriage rate: 16.70 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 21.5

Boring Index: 54.91

38
Pennsylvania

pittsburgh pennsylvania
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Density (people per square mile): 286

Population over age 65: 18.70 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 52.29 percent

Marriage rate: 14.70 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 19.3

Boring Index: 54.98

37
Maryland

church street in frederick maryland
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Density (people per square mile): 623

Population over age 65: 15.90 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 58.36 percent

Marriage rate: 16.90 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 7.5

Boring Index: 56.30

36
Wyoming

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Density (people per square mile): 6

Population over age 65: 17.10 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 53.64 percent

Marriage rate: 22.90 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 29.4

Boring Index: 57.31

35
Ohio

columbus ohio
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Density (people per square mile): 286

Population over age 65: 17.50 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 50.98 percent

Marriage rate: 16.10 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 15.9

Boring Index: 60.02

34
Delaware

Pristine beach and luxury villa houses with people enjoying beach activities in the background on the Cape Henlopen of Delaware, where thousands of visitors come to enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing during summertime.
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Density (people per square mile): 500

Population over age 65: 19.50 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 48.87 percent

Marriage rate: 15.00 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 6.9

Boring Index: 63.02

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Nevada

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Density (people per square mile): 28

Population over age 65: 16.20 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 55.53 percent

Marriage rate: 18.70 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 22.4

Boring Index: 64.39

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West Virginia

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Density (people per square mile): 75

Population over age 65: 20.50 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 50.94 percent

Marriage rate: 15.60 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 20.2

Boring Index: 65.39

31
Hawaii

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Density (people per square mile): 221

Population over age 65: 14.30 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 58.53 percent

Marriage rate: 19.60 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 14.5

Boring Index: 66.49

30
Oregon

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Density (people per square mile): 44

Population over age 65: 18.20 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 53.56 percent

Marriage rate: 18.70 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 20.8

Boring Index: 66.75

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Florida

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Density (people per square mile): 401

Population over age 65: 20.90 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 51.18 percent

Marriage rate: 15.70 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 8.4

Boring Index: 67.07

28
Louisiana

new orleans louisiana
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Density (people per square mile): 108

Population over age 65: 16.50 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 55.70 percent

Marriage rate: 14.80 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 16.5

Boring Index: 67.48

27
Alaska

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Density (people per square mile): 1

Population over age 65: 12.40 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 61.98 percent

Marriage rate: 21.00 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 21.2

Boring Index: 67.58

26
Indiana

University of Indiana - Family walks with college student out main gates of campus down into the town during Fall Break weekend
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Density (people per square mile): 188

Population over age 65: 16.10 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 55.95 percent

Marriage rate: 16.60 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 13.6

Boring Index: 68.55

25
Michigan

Historic Michigan Theater, built in 1928, located on East Liberty St in Downtown, Ann Arbor
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Density (people per square mile): 177

Population over age 65: 17.70 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 52 percent

Marriage rate: 15.80 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 13.4

Boring Index: 69.32

24
Minnesota

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Density (people per square mile): 71

Population over age 65: 16.30 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 58.29 percent

Marriage rate: 16.90 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 16.5

Boring Index: 70.59

23
Idaho

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Density (people per square mile): 22

Population over age 65: 16.20 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 60.72 percent

Marriage rate: 22.60 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 20

Boring Index: 70.91

22
California

lombard street in san francisco california
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Density (people per square mile): 254

Population over age 65: 14.80 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 60.96 percent

Marriage rate: 15.90 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 8.4

Boring Index: 72.69

21
Vermont

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Density (people per square mile): 68

Population over age 65: 20.10 percent

Percentage of households with kids: 50.27 percent

Marriage rate: 19.00 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 16.2

Boring Index: 73.15

20
Washington

Stock photograph of the downtown Spokane, Washington skyline and the Spokane River at sunrise.
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Density (people per square mile): 115

Population Over Age 65: 15.90 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 55.16 percent

Marriage rate: 18.70 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 12.2

Boring Index: 75.16

19
Colorado

Mount Crested Butte, Colorado village in summer with colorful sunrise by wooden lodging houses on hills with green trees
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Density (people per square mile): 56

Population Over Age 65: 14.70 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 59.30 percent

Marriage rate: 19.50 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 13.3

Boring Index: 76.78

18
North Carolina

fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Cumberland County
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Density (people per square mile): 216

Population Over Age 65: 16.70 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 55.23 percent

Marriage rate: 15.70 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 6.8

Boring Index: 77.11

17
Texas

corpus christi in nueces county, texas
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Density (people per square mile): 111

Population Over Age 65: 12.90 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 62.69 percent

Marriage rate: 18.10 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 9.6

Boring Index: 78.39

16
South Carolina

Charleston South Carolina
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Density (people per square mile): 171

Population Over Age 65: 18.20 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 51.45 percent

Marriage rate: 14.50 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 7.2

Boring Index: 78.42

15
Missouri

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Density (people per square mile): 89

Population Over Age 65: 17.20 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 55.30 percent

Marriage rate: 19.30 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 10.6

Boring Index: 79.80

14
Georgia

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Density (people per square mile): 184

Population Over Age 65: 14.30 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 55.90 percent

Marriage rate: 16.20 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 4.1

Boring Index: 81.87

13
Oklahoma

oklahoma city skyline state capitol buildings
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Density (people per square mile): 58

Population Over Age 65: 16.10 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 58.45 percent

Marriage rate: 20.30 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 10.2

Boring Index: 82.32

12
Kansas

springtime view in downtown Topeka, Kansas, USA
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Density (people per square mile): 36

Population Over Age 65: 16.40 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 61.34 percent

Marriage rate: 18.80 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 10.6

Boring Index: 82.59

11
Tennessee

nashville tennessee
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Density (people per square mile): 166

Population Over Age 65: 16.70 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 51.52 percent

Marriage rate: 17.40 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 5

Boring Index: 82.71

10
Kentucky

frankfort kentucky state capitol buildings
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Density (people per square mile): 113

Population Over Age 65: 16.90 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 55.07 percent

Marriage rate: 16.80 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 6.9

Boring Index: 82.72

9
Maine

bar harbor maine at dusk

Density (people per square mile): 44

Population Over Age 65: 21.30 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 50.63 percent

Marriage rate: 13.20 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 9

Boring Index: 82.90

8
Arizona

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Density (people per square mile): 64

Population Over Age 65: 18.00 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 57.38 percent

Marriage rate: 19.50 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 8.6

Boring Index: 84.82

7
Virginia

storefronts on main street Culpeper Virginia
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Density (people per square mile): 216

Population Over Age 65: 15.90 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 58.46 percent

Marriage rate: 18.10 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 2.1

Boring Index: 85.35

6
Alabama

huntsville alabama cityscape
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Density (people per square mile): 97

Population Over Age 65: 17.40 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 50.65 percent

Marriage rate: 17.10 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 5.1

Boring Index: 86.09

5
New Hampshire

Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England. Manchester is known for its industrial heritage, riverside mills, affordability, and arts & cultural destination.
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Density (people per square mile): 152

Population Over Age 65: 18.60 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 49.64 percent

Marriage rate: 15.50 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 2.1

Boring Index: 87.51

4
Mississippi

The downtown skyline of Jackson, Mississippi with the state house in the foreground
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Density (people per square mile): 63

Population Over Age 65: 16.40 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 53.97 percent

Marriage rate: 16.40 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 3.2

Boring Index: 90.17

3
New Mexico

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Density (people per square mile): 17

Population Over Age 65: 18.00 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 54.47 percent

Marriage rate: 16.40 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 5.2

Boring Index: 90.34

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Arkansas

Little Rock Arkansas skyline
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Density (people per square mile): 58

Population Over Age 65: 17.40 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 53.76 percent

Marriage rate: 17.90 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 3.8

Boring Index: 90.77

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Utah

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Density (people per square mile): 39

Population Over Age 65: 11.40 percent

Percentage of Households with Kids: 68.53 percent

Marriage rate: 23.10 percent

Bars per 100,000 residents: 4.60

Boring Index: 98.80

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