The big news this year on the growth front is that Houston is just getting bigger and bigger. It was the second-fastest growing city behind New York, and the sprawl in the suburbs, forget it.
If you get tired of all this density and those fast cars, fast men and women, and the city life just gets to you, where do you go? The folks over at Movoto have put together a top 10 list of the most boring places in Texas, and you know what? That's not such a bad thing. You figure with things changing so rapidly here, high-rise after high-rise shooting up, we might just need an exit plan.
Movoto had earlier ranked the most exciting places in the Lone Star State (they put us third, but whatever). They used the leftovers from that analysis to look at the very bottom of the list, the places where watching paint dry might rank on the list of things to do on your day off.
By Movoto Real Estate
Actually, their research looked at the things we all value in trendy hot spots: They measured nightlife per capita (bars and clubs); live music venues; parks and outdoor activities; fast-food restaurants, "the fewer the better"; percentage of restaurants that serve fast food, "the lower the better"; the percentage of young residents ages 20 to 34 "the higher the better."
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The city of Rowlett, population 57,703, up near Dallas, made the top of the list. Nearest to Houston, Rosenberg came in at 5th place and Pearland was ranked 9th most boring spot. The researchers did give Pearland a plus for its array of strip malls. But Pearland was also ranked in the top 15 fastest-growing cities in the United States, so maybe its boring factor will switch it up soon.
Here's a look at the top half of the rankings.