Lakewood tops ‘10 most boring places in California’ list

By Monica Luhar, Southern California Public Radio, April 9, 2014

The city of Lakewood is the “most boring” place in the state of California, according to a new report published on real estate company Movoto’s blog.

Randy Nelson from Movoto writes:

Lakewood is home to the first Denny’s, which should be reason enough for it to sit atop our list of California’s most boring locales (although we do always chuckle a little when we think about “Moons Over My Hammy”). Knowing this fact, it should really come as little surprise that  Lakewood is also the absolute worst in the state for fast food per capita (which, despite its name, is terribly boring) and as a percentage of total restaurants (24 percent).

Movoto’s “boredom” rankings were produced after compiling and studying a list of the 100 most populated places in California.

The six main criteria studied on a per capita basis were:

  • Nightlife (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues
  • Active life options (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Fast food restaurants
  • Percentage of restaurants that are fast food
  • Percentage of young residents ages 20-34

Similar criteria was used in Movoto’s previous list of the “10 Best Places in California.” (The city of Orange took the number one spot). 

Movoto explains how it was able to produce the results: 

We ranked each of the 100 places on our list from 1 to 100 across the criteria, where a one was the most boring number. Then, we averaged these individual rankings into one Big Deal Score, and the lower that was, the more boring as well.

Here’s the list of the top 10 most boring places in California, including many Southern California locales: 

1. City of Lakewood
2. City of Lancaster
3. City of West Covina
4. City of Victorville
5. City of Merced
6. City of Alhambra
7. City of Ontario
8. City of Modesto
9. City of Hesperia
10. City of Carson

Here’s a full list of the top 50 boring places in California.

Do you agree with the findings? Do you think the city of Lakewood is the most boring place in California? Drop us a line on social media @KPCC.


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