Phoenix has been ranked in the top 10 of America’s most boring cities.

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Because of the extreme heat in Phoenix during the summer, with temperatures soaring into the triple digits, many outdoor activities are restricted, forcing residents to find refuge indoors.

The scorching temperatures in Phoenix, despite being described as a dry heat, compel residents to stay indoors for four months of the year, with September maintaining an average of 100 degrees. This is just one reason why the city has earned a reputation as one of the most uneventful in America, earning it the nickname “Valley of the Sun.” took a break from covering Arizona sports betting to survey 600 U.S. residents on’s /AskReddit subreddit. The survey’s goal was to identify the most boring major U.S. city, with a focus on cities in the Top 50 in population.

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The Survey Results for America’s Most Boring Cities

RankCity # of Votes% of Votes
1Indianapolis, IN335.5%
2San Jose, CA315.2%
3Phoenix, AZ264.3%
4Houston, TX244.0%
5Raleigh, NC233.8%
T-6Dallas, TX223.7%
T-6Jacksonville, FL223.7%
8Columbus, OH203.3%
9Omaha, NE193.2%
10Bakersfield, CA183.0%

Indianapolis has been named the most boring city in America.

The survey found that Indianapolis was voted the most boring city, followed by San Jose, California in second place, and Phoenix in third place with 4.3% of the votes.

California and Texas are the sole states with two cities each in the Top 10, with Bakersfield joining San Jose in California and Houston and Dallas in Texas. The extreme heat in these metropolitan areas frequently confines residents indoors during the summer.

Texans can’t resist the pull of high school football in September, leading to difficulties in staying indoors. This is reflected in the rankings of the Top 10 most boring cities, with Houston, Phoenix, and Dallas making the list. In contrast, the largest cities in the country – New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago – are never considered boring.

Phoenix, a symbol of resilience in bustling cityscapes, is nestled in the heart of the Arizona desert, a significant distance from neighboring attractions. The vibrant city of Las Vegas is about 258 miles away, a nearly five-hour drive to reach.

The prevalence of beige in Phoenix is a major factor in its reputation for being boring. It appears that architects intentionally designed the city to harmonize with the desert landscape. However, despite this monotony, many residents still find value in the city, including its casinos and Arizona sports betting apps.

Jenna Ortiz took the photo for USA Today.

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Roberts Usher

Roberts Usher has been a well-known sports journalist in Texas, Arkansas, and New York for the last thirty years. Throughout his career, he has held positions at the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News, and Newsday. He most recently spent eight years leading the Student Media Department at Texas A&M.

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