: Land of white sandy beaches, Miami
, and of course, the most magical place on Earth! (Disney World; not Tallahassee
From this perspective, Florida sounds downright exciting
. Of course, we know better. We know that there’s a whole lot more to the state—which includes retirement communities, suburbs, and certainly doesn’t look like Miami Beach
In short, there’s a lot of boring going on here. But which of the sleepy places in Florida are the most slow-paced, the most elderly, and the downright most boring? That honor goes to Poinciana.
Of course, as you probably guessed, there are plenty of other boring places in the state, but for starters, here are the top 10:
1. CDP of Poinciana
2. City of Palm Bay
3. City of Apopka
4. CDP of Riverview
5. City of North Port
6. Village of Wellington
7. City of Deltona
7. CDP of The Villages
9. City of Titusville
10. City of Pinellas Park
If you happen to live in one of these pallid places, first, calm down. This is all in good fun and we’re not suggesting that there is anything fundamentally wrong about your hometown; it’s just a little slower-paced than most and better for those who want peace and relaxation.
That being said, if your city is on this list, it’s as boring as Florida is humid. But don’t worry, we can help you find someplace spicier if that’s what you want. That’s what we do here at Movoto Real Estate.
But before you start packing your bags to head to Miami, let’s take a look at how we got this list in the first place, and just why these places are so incredibly dull (again, not that there’s anything wrong with that…).
How We Created This Ranking
Like most of our other Big Deal Lists
, we began this one by paying a visit to one of the most boring places on the web—unless you love numbers like we do—the U.S. Census (2010).
We gathered up all of the places in the state with populations of 40,000 or more, which gave us a total of 77 spots. Then, we used the Census and business listings to find information about each place in the following categories:
- Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
- Live music venues per capita
- Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
- Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
- Fast Food restaurants per capita (the more the more boring)
- Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the lower the more boring)
- Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the lower the more boring)
- Population density (the lower the better)
From there, we ranked each place with a score from one to 77, according to the eight criteria above; the higher the number, the more boring the place.
We averaged these rankings into an overall Big Deal Score, where again, the highest score was the least happening place, Poinciana.
If you haven’t started banging your head on the keyboard from boredom yet, keep reading. We’ll go over why each of these 10 places are so very dull, and then, we’ll show you a table of the 50 most boring places in the state.
Source: Flickr user Ulises Jorge
You know what the most exciting part of Florida is? The miles and miles of beautiful beaches. You know what the most boring part of Florida is? The middle.
Smack dab in the middle of the middle lies Poinciana—not a beach in sight. And according to our study, apparently a serious lack of nightlife, arts, and an active lifestyle, as well.
For its small percentage of people between 18 and 34, Poinciana ranked No. 53, and for its lacking restaurant scene, No. 61.
2. Palm Bay
Source: Flickr user Rusty Clark
Reggie Nelson, Deanne Bell, and Joe Cohen…do you know what all of these famous people from Palm Bay have in common? They got out of there as soon as they could.
Don’t get us wrong, Palm Bay is pretty; it’s on the water, how could it not be? But as far as things to do, well, it just doesn’t have them.
Unless your idea of a good time is a fancy fast food dinner, then Palm Bay has you covered, with some of the most fast food joints per capita out of anywhere in the state.
If you’re looking for active life options, arts, or nightlife other than a 2 a.m. drive thru, you might do better somewhere outside of Palm Bay. Anywhere, really.
Source: Flickr user Carol Norquist, Chairman
Before we go any further here, let’s just get this out in the open: Apopka’s claim to fame, its nickname in fact, is “The Indoor Foliage Capital of the World.”
When the most exciting thing to do in your city is watch plants grow under florescent lights, there’s a problem.
In the case of Apopka that problem seems to be a serious lack of nightlife, restaurants, and one of the most widely spaced populations in the state—there are just 1,330 people per square mile.
To put that into perspective for you, Miami Beach has over 11,000 people per square mile, and, not coincidentally, was also ranked one of the state’s most exciting places.
Source: Wikimedia user Jennifer Campbell
Riverview is a lovely place to live, and perhaps one of the most exciting in Florida, if you happen to be a bird or a squirrel.
See, the thing is, outside of the Bell Creek Nature Preserve, there’s not a whole lot to do in Riverview—and even if you are an outdoor enthusiast, you can only hit the same trails so many times before it loses its luster.
Perhaps if there was more a of a nightlife scene, more arts, more restaurants, or even more people nearby, Riverview might be a bit more exciting. However, as it ranked among the worst in all of these categories, no such luck.
But really, great for birds.
5. North Port
Source: Wikimedia user Gamweb
With just 576 people per square mile, this city is the least densely populated out of any place in the state.
But perhaps residents are just fine with this place; after all, a vast majority of them are over the age of 34. Maybe such things as culture, entertainment, and, you know, having something fun to do aren’t so important anymore?
Source: Flickr user Julia Rubinic
Wellington may well be known for its “abundant parks, quality schools, attractive neighborhoods, and equestrian interests,” but if you don’t happen to be into horses and you’re not a 40-year-old mother, this place isn’t too thrilling.
In fact, we’d venture to say that if you happen to be below the age of 35, this place is downright boring. Not only does it have one of the lowest percentages of people between 18 and 34 (just 16.69 percent), but also has a serious lack of nightlife, music venues, or non-chain restaurants.
Source: Flickr user Hector Alejandro
Deltona is not to be confused with the nearby Daytona Beach
—but actually, how could you confuse the two? Where Daytona Beach has a young population, nightlife, and some of the most music venues in the state, Deltona has…housing developments.
Other than that, it has a serious lack of arts, active life options, nightlife, and young people—which probably shouldn’t be a surprise, considering this city was originally established as a retirement community in 1962. Guess not a whole lot has changed.
7. The Villages
Source: Flickr user Coffee Party USA
The Villages ism hands down, 100 percent, the absolute most exciting place in Florida—if you happen to be over the age of 75.
This retirement community is filled with golf courses, recreational centers, softball, and even a polo stadium for its elderly residents, but as far as nightlife, active life options, and arts go, well there aren’t any. (Unless you count arts and crafts time.)
Not surprisingly, the Villages has the lowest percentage of people between 18 and 34 in the state: just 69 percent. That’s hardly enough young bucks to work the golf course.
Source: Flickr user Daniel Treder
Titusville is known as “Space City, USA” for its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and its prevalence of aerospace companies, but, as cool as space is, it’s not enough to keep Titusville exciting. Especially for anyone under the age of 35.
Not only did Titusville have one of the lowest percentages of young people, but it also had some of the fewest decent restaurants and some of the most fast food joints per capita. Sorry, guys—Bagel World Cafe may be awesome, but it does not a restaurant scene make.
10. Pinellas Park
Source: Flickr user Step It Up 2007
We guess the best thing you can say about Pinellas Park is that it is at least the most exciting of the most boring places in Florida…perhaps that’s because this city has the Country in the Park festival.
Unfortunately, this annual event is not quite enough to keep the city interesting year-round, especially for anyone under the age of 35, anyone who enjoys good food, nightlife, being active, or…well, doing exciting things in general.
There’s A Whole Lot of Boring Going On
Florida may be the land of white sandy beaches, Miami Beach, and, of course, Disney World, but as anyone who’s ever been to this state knows, there’s a whole lot of boring going on as well—especially in the 10 places above.
If you haven’t had your fill of dull places in Florida, just scroll down. There’s a whole table of the 50 most boring places in the state.