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Old 12-24-2008, 11:05 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Forbes Calls These Cities a Bore

Here’s Forbes’ list of the most boring—or ignored—cities and their populations.

Chula Vista, Calif. Population: 217,478
Hialeah, Fla.: 212,217
Mesa, Ariz.: 452,933
North Las Vegas, Nev.: 212,114
Chandler, Ariz.: 246,399
Santa Ana, Calif.: 339,555
Bakersfield, Calif.: 315,837
Aurora, Colo.: 311,794
Gilbert, Ariz.: 207,550
Henderson, Nev.: 249,386

Source: Forbes, Joshua Zumbrun (12/10/08)
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Thornton
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Realtor.com didn't do that article very much justice and really only focused on the negative connotation. The real article mentions that it might not be a bad thing to have dropped out of the limelight over the last year considering how places getting the attention, like Detroit, haven't been getting good attention.

America's Most Boring Cities - Forbes.com
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Thornton
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err... sorry, realtor.org, not .com
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Strange that Chula Vista is on the list, it's right outside of San Diego. I've actually been there and didn't think it was boring at all because to me, it just blended in with SD.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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Boring is good. Examples:

- San Diego, which was bypassed early-on when the railroads were being built. All that commercial and industrial development went to Long Beach and L-A instead, with resultant overcrowding and smog.

- Same for Colorado Springs. The early rail lines went to Denver, we stayed a resort town. It's nice here. Cheaper too.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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Default Forbes, Sperlings, Money Magazine, etc. lists...

Those lists should be read as comedy, because they have no basis in any sort of fact.

If they wanted to find the most boring overlooked towns in America, they should look to the corn belt and the high plains. Many of these towns have zero attractions, zero amusements, and some don't even have a mall. Often, the only landscape they have to look at is endless cornfields or sterile frozen tundra for as far as the eye can see.

Looking at that list, how can any of those towns be 'most boring'?

The NV towns are right next to an endless supply of world class entertainment.
Colorado has the mountains and winter sports.
The Florida town has a subtropical beach, fer crissake!

If you want to find a town that suits you, you're just going to have to do the hard work of compiling and crunching the data.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Thornton
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I think the problem is that people focus on the negative too much. One thing I've learned from traveling all over is that if you focus on finding out WHY people live where they do, you can learn to appreciate anywhere you go. I've been to almost every place on that list, they each have their own unique draw for WHY. Are any of them boring? If you rate a place based solely on only what is contained within that city limits and have blinders to anything around it, then Thornton, Arvada, Lakewood, Parker... they all rank right next to Aurora.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:51 AM
 
Location: O'Hare International Airport
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I'm shocked Aurora isn't first. I get the same sort of feeling going to Aurora that I got when my parents sent me to my room.

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Old 12-25-2008, 12:30 AM
 
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I think someone needs a good spanking.
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Road Warrior
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Looks more like the top 10 list of cookie-cutter homes rather.
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