Toms River ranked as one of the most “boring places” in New Jersey

     A crowd at the 2013 Ice Cream Festival in downtown Toms River. (Photo courtesy of Erik Weber/Riverside Signal)

    A crowd at the 2013 Ice Cream Festival in downtown Toms River. (Photo courtesy of Erik Weber/Riverside Signal)

    Could almost 100,000 people be living in one of the most boring places in New Jersey?

    According to Movoto, a real estate listing service, if you live in Toms River, the answer is yes. 

    Movoto has published a top ten ranking of the most “listless” and “dreary” New Jersey municipalities, ranking Toms River at number six. 

    To determine the top ten, the service made a list of the 50 most populated places in the state and collected various information from the 2010 U.S. Census and business listings, including active life options, number of fast food restaurants (the fewer the better), nightlife offerings, and percentage of young residents between 18 and 34.

    “We’re not saying these are bad places or that we hate the people there. We’re just saying they’re not exactly thrilling for the young or young at heart. We know New Jersey folks have pride, and we doubt our ranking will be enough to put a dent in that hometown spirit,” the ranking article said.

    As for Toms River: 

    Okay, well, there’s the river… and that’s about it. Seriously though, this place did rank decently in a few areas. Some active life options, a few music venues, and a decent score in the arts and entertainment area kept this place from being any worse on our boring list. So, why is this city here at all? We hope you enjoy fast food, because there’s a ton of it here. There also were not many unique dining options per capita, poor population density, and a much older population. Only about 18 percent of people here were between the ages of 18 and 34. We will say that this place has appeared on MTV several times before. Why? No idea.

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