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What? The Most Boring Town in PA is Right Here

Its complete lack of excitement is what's bringing a little excitement to this sleepy Allegheny County town


(photo: Google Earth)

Drum roll please: The most boring town in Pennsylvania is.... White Oak . If you haven't been there, it's a small Allegheny County suburb, south east of Pittsburgh.

We're not calling White Oak boring, the website BestLife is bestowing that dubious distinction. They selected what they consider to be the most boring town in each of the 50 states. These are towns, the editors say, "where the average age is higher than the speed limit, where most of the citizens are married (with kids!), and where the number of restaurants and venues can be counted on your fingers." Ouch.

White Oak, PA

Population: 7,774

Size (square miles): 6.67

Density (people per square mile): 1,165.52

Median Age: 52

Percent of Population Over 65: 24.1

Percent of Family Households: 59.5

Number of Entertainment spots: 2

Number of Hotels/Restaurants: 22

Seriously, the editors say they crunched the numbers (above), looking at which places in each state have the highest median ages, the fewest number of things to do, and the lowest population density. That's their criteria for no fun: few people, all of them older, married with kids, and nowhere to go even if you could find someone cool to hang out with.

We get it. While BestLife's stats show 22 restaurants in White Oak, the ones we found looked pretty, well, boring. Rodos Greek Cafe 's storefront decor is basic, but on-line reviewer Joseph B . says the food is great. "The gyros require 3 hands!" To be honest, most of the restaurants and all of the activities that come up when you Google White Oak are in nearby towns like Homestead, Irwin or McKeesport (that's the Rose Garden at Renziehausen Park below).

Still, I have friends who live in White Oak. They love it. The town is quiet, relatively crime-free, everything they need is nearby, and there are plenty of fun things to do and places to eat within a half-hour drive. They'd say: if that's boring, bring it on!

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