Oregon officials defended their great city in the wake of recently being ranked as the 10th most boring city in Ohio by Movoto, a residential real estate blog.
Lindsay Myers, executive director of the Oregon on the Bay Regional Economic Development Foundation, said she “was a little miffed” when she read the blog.
“I’d rather be on a boring list than on a terrible place to live [list],” she said.
Myers said she responded to Movoto’s unflattering designation in a tweet to the company: “You call it boring. We call it peaceful and simple. Visit our website for all the things you can do, and see, and be in Oregon,” she said. “All he tweeted back was `Thanks.’”
In the blog, the writer makes it clear that he’s referring to the city, not the state. “That would be far more interesting that this place,” he said.
Oregon had the fifth lowest population density and a very low arts ranking, according to the blog.
“There was no youthful vibe here, as confirmed by a lack of nightlife and music venues. There were some non-fast food restaurants to pick from, but if you’re not a foodie, you’ll be bored as soon as your meal is over.”
So did Oregon have anything going for it?
Mostly a lot of parks, according to the blog.
“While that might be relaxing and fun for some, it doesn’t exactly scream excitement. The city also has a kick-butt police and fire department, but that still doesn’t lead to tons of fun. Maybe if you like peace and quiet, in abundance, this is the place for you,” according to the blog.
Movoto based its rankings on the following criteria: Nightlife per capita; live music venues per capita; active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities); arts and entertainment per capita; fast food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better); percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better) percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better); and population density (the higher the better).
“Some of the issues we know we face – too many fast food establishments, growing our population of younger professionals living and working here in the city,” said Myers. “Those are some of the things we’re starting to tackle already.”
Movoto’s top 10 list of most boring cities in Ohio:
1. New Franklin
9. Blue Ash
“Thrill seekers are not going to be able to find their fix in any of these 10 places,” states the blog. “If you’re an adrenaline junkie and considering, for some absurd reason, moving to Ohio, be sure to stay clear of this yawn-inducing top 10.”
Mayor Mike Seferian said he wasn’t bugged by Oregon being on the list.
“I took that as a complement to say we are one of the 10 most boring cities because we don’t want to fool ourselves. You know the saying, `A nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there?’ We are exactly the opposite of that. Most people do not pick the City of Oregon as a nice place to visit or to take a vacation. The reason a lot of people chose to live here is because it is a great place to live, it’s not overtaken by terrible traffic. It is simply a great place to raise your family. In the attempt to develop, we have to be careful not to destroy the reason people moved here in the first place,” said Seferian.