The shareable content site Road Snacks — which reminds readers it produces “infotainment,” so “don’t freak out” about it — posted a ranking of what it calls the 10 “most boring” places in Maine.
Because such a list is bound to be argued, the Road Snacks team used something of a mathematical formula to arrive at its conclusions about which cities and towns in the state are more boring than others, making the list perhaps more defensible than if the site’s writers just picked places they didn’t like.
As the site explains: “Before you get all upset if your city’s name is on the list, rest assured that we didn’t use personal opinion when it comes to what classifies a city or town as ‘boring’ or ‘exciting.’ We crunched actual numbers to figure out which towns are statistically more boring.”
So which data can help identify what’s boring?
Road Snacks considered age to be a primary driver for boringness, with separate criteria tracking average ages and the percentages of the populations over 35 years old and 65 years old, respectively.
So if a town has a big population of 65-plus residents, it would stand to reason that it would probably have high numbers in all three of those categories and thus, be considered by this analysis to be a pretty boring place.
Other criteria considered percentages of married couples, percentages of households with children, and population density.
In a nutshell, densely populated places with a lot of young, single people are exciting, based on this evaluation, and the less a town matches that description, the more boring it is.
(Parents of young children might contend that “boring” is not a term that adequately describes households with children, but we get what Road Snacks is going for here.)
The website also limited its search to towns with at least 2,000 residents.
Based on this crunching of the numbers, Road Snacks determined that Calais is the most boring town in Maine.
Caribou came in at No. 2, followed by Belfast, Ellsworth and Hallowell.
Presque Isle and Brewer were ranked Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, followed by Saco, Augusta and Auburn.
While I’m sure residents of any of those towns might argue those places are reasonably lively places to be, Saco in particular is home to Maine’s top amusement parks — Funtown Splashtown USA and Aquaboggan.
Drilling a little deeper into these numbers, Hallowell took the prize as the oldest on the list with residents of an average age of 50.4, while Brewer had the most married couples, with 53.8 percent of households there featuring hitched pairs.
As for the kids, those are most prevalent in Gardiner, which just missed the top 10 and where 30.9 percent of the households have children.
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