U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 01-13-2008, 09:41 AM
Location: Oklahoma
4,965 posts, read 5,082,911 times
Reputation: 4201


Originally Posted by ajf131 View Post
IMO, the middle of nowhere should be defined as an area where you can see for quite a ways away, the landscape is flat, there are few trees, and farming doesn't economically make sense. Western Oklahoma fits all of these categories, as does Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado. North Dakota I would also say can fit into the middle of nowhere, as can a lot of rural Texas.

I guess you don't like bread because the states you mentioned are where probably 75 percent of the US wheat crop is located.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 01-13-2008, 10:10 AM
4,126 posts, read 4,207,503 times
Reputation: 1605
Sitting on a sailboat with no land in sight.

Standing on a dune in the desert with no people, buildings or, power lines in sight.

Downtown San Francisco early on a summer Sunday morning. It's deserted and silent.

Any place that is quiet is in the middle of nowhere and that's sometimes the best place to be. At least until you want a pizza.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2008, 11:20 AM
Location: Vermont
83 posts, read 230,945 times
Reputation: 99
My town has 300 occupants. 200 of them are moose.

No garbage pickup provided, you must hire an independent.

No sewer, no water. Not a bad thing, only I wonder why I have to shell out $1,600./yr. to the town for all I don't get...

12 miles to the nearest civilized town, if you can call it that.

The 12 mile trek to the mini-sized WalMart always proves to be discouraging; because of the down-sized location that the town's municipal councel allowed them, they never stock what I drove the 12 miles for to get.

Same goes for the Home Depot in that town. It's referred to by the very employees that work there as a "Home Depot 'Light'"...again, the town wouldn't go for a full sized version. I once went there at 8:30 p.m. in the winter to get some plumbing parts I desperately needed to repair a freeze-up, and they said they were closed for an employee meeting....at 8:30 p.m. on a week night, with me with my water shut off because of the freeze-up. I gotta get out of here....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2008, 12:51 PM
312 posts, read 954,920 times
Reputation: 161
I think the middle of nowhere officially begins when you enter Newfoundland.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-20-2008, 09:14 PM
11 posts, read 30,002 times
Reputation: 11
wahkon mn! but i loved growing up there! when i lived there, there was 200 people in that town and it was 1 1/2 hours to get to a walmart! lol
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-21-2008, 08:06 PM
Location: Ogle County, Illinois
140 posts, read 510,760 times
Reputation: 66
hmm. The plain states, excluding Texas. Maybe the Mohave Desert in Cali/Arizona/Utah/Nevada... or possibly the cornfields of the Midwest!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-21-2008, 08:14 PM
Location: Jersey City
6,066 posts, read 14,963,244 times
Reputation: 4762
A mall parking lot
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-21-2008, 08:30 PM
Location: TwilightZone
5,296 posts, read 4,744,756 times
Reputation: 1031
Originally Posted by lammius View Post
A mall parking lot
Sheesh which mall do you go to?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-21-2008, 10:08 PM
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
6,173 posts, read 14,635,102 times
Reputation: 7888
Originally Posted by Plains10 View Post
"The middle of nowhere" to me means that the population density of the county that the town is located in is under 6 people per square mile. In the past I think some classification considered counties with under 6 people per square mile frontier counties.
From Wikipedia, the following California counties qualify:

Alpine 3
Modoc 3
Sierra 3
Inyo 4
Trinity 5
Mono 5

That's only six; I wonder what the other two could be?

By contrast, Los Angeles County has a density of 2,450 people per square mile!

In Sherman Oaks, which is considered somewhat suburban by L.A. standards, there are 53,000 people in an 8.1 square mile area!

So, what do I consider the middle of nowhere? A place like Lone Pine, on Highway 395, which consists of only about 1,200 people. The closest "city" is Bishop, and that's only 3,600 people!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-21-2008, 10:21 PM
769 posts, read 1,929,766 times
Reputation: 407
Middle of nowhere? Wyoming.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top