For several years running, Atherton has been in the news as having the most expensive residential real estate in the country, with other local communities not far behind. We top lists of education and income levels. But some online data gatherers at the "infotainment" website Roadsnacks say Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton are also all near the top of another list the most boring places in California.
The website's Nick James didn't just make up his list, which places Woodside at third most boring, Portola Valley sixth and Atherton seventh, at random. Boring, in Mr. James' study means more residents over age 35, more married residents, a higher average age, more households with children and lower population density.
The good news: Menlo Park is not so boring. It's number 165 of the list, which includes the boring score for 452 communities of more than 2,000 people in California.
Redwood City is even less boring at number 273, but Palo Alto has a pretty high boring score; it's number 65.
There are a few places even more boring than the rest of our local communities. Ross and Hillsborough are 1 and 2, respectively, and Los Altos Hills and La Habra Heights are 4 and 5.
Mountain View is quite a bit less boring, apparently, at number 402. East Palo Alto is way down the list, at number 442.
And the least boring place in the state according to the statistics? It's Davis.
There are a lot of things the list doesn't take into consideration: entertainment options, restaurants or cultural institutions among them. The authors even start off with a disclaimer: "This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don't freak out."
In the end, the biggest lesson that might be learned from this is that statistics can be interesting, but sometimes they don't actually mean a lot.