Lubbock, Texas is the most boring city in America. At least, real estate site Movoto seems to think so.
The site took the 100 most populated places in the U.S., and then used data from the most recent census to quantify the number of live music venues, theaters, museums, festivals, galleries and parks. The site factored in comparisons like fast food vs. non-fast food restaurants and the age of city residents, then ranked the list based on what cities lack.
Lubbock native, and city council representative Jeff Griffith disagrees with the list. He says his city is not the most boring in America.
“We are very proud of our city,” Griffith says. “There’s over 35,000 Texas Tech students, I think, that would disagree with their survey.”
Griffith says Lubbock scored fairly well on most categories, but “dead last” in the number of fast food restaurants per capita compared to home-owned or chef-driven establishments. Although Movoto was “lighthearted” with the list, Griffith says “we do take offense.”
“The ability for the city to grow has been marvelous,” he says. “Right now, we’re in the middle of a housing boom for actually, several years. We were rated number one as the best recession recovery city in the nation, so our economy is very, very strong.”
Listen to the full interview in the player above.