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Oswego Ranked Among 'Most Boring Places in Illinois'

We don't know about you, but those look a lot like fightin' words to us.

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Oswego made the cut on an interesting list of towns that are "some real snoozers" in Illinois. The village was No. 8 on Movoto.com's list of the 10 Most Boring Places in Illinois.

We don't know about you, but we're a little insulted.

Real estate blog Movoto dug into the 100 most populated places in America and ranked them in six different categories, using data from Areavibes, Yelp and the U.S. Census (2010). The six criteria, according to the site, were:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Fast food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 20 to 34 (the higher the better)
The catty take on some of the more "dull" (can you feel our use of air quotes?) dwelling places in Illinois is all in good fun, as the site pokes at Oswego as "a sleepy little place." Movoto also says the spot did poorly in young population ranking and music venues and fast food vs. non-fast food restaurants.

"Basically, uniqueness and variety are hardly this city's spice of choice," the site snipes, adding, "The most interesting thing about this village is in the name."

They did give Oswego a little credit on its active life, so there's that. 

"Active life actually was the one area where this village did pretty well, scoring 33rd for that category," Movoto said. "However, if you don’t like to take walks, workout, or do some form of dance, this place really doesn’t have much to offer you. And after sundown, forget it. That’s bedtime, not party time for this sleepy little place."

"We’re not saying these places suck, and we’re not saying that people there suck," Movoto writes. 

Gee thanks, Movoto. We'll give you a head start before we chase you down. What with all our working out and being boring, active Illinoisans—you'll need it.  

What say you, Oswego? Stick up for your hometown in the comments!


Jane Aadams June 17, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Michael's and Hobby Lobby constitute FUN ??? WOW……It's not all about alcohol….it's about offering the residents something other than all the fast food chains. Nothing seems to make it on the other side of the river, on the Orchard Road corridor….it's like the forgotten part of town…..there's plenty of land there to develop for a GOOD restaurant and a GOOD breakfast place if the people in this town would support something new. What is being developed on the corner of Mill Road and Orchard Rd, anyone know ??
Laure VanAsselt June 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Oh great. Cindy is back with her bitching. Did we get any points for bitching?
Laure VanAsselt June 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Try Benny's for breakfast. It's my fav. ....and dinner too we'd thru Sun! The food is great. You can get a great coupon go "Groupon West Suburbs" right now.

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