The most exciting city to visit in every state - and the most boring one you can probably skip

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Charleston Shutterstock.com The best and worst cities in America, backed up with data. Pictured: Charleston, South Carolina.

Debates about "best" and "worst" cities elicit strong feelings. It's a tricky issue because such debates are largely subjective.

So Business Insider attempted to use data to definitively prove which are the most exciting and most boring cities in every state across America.

To do that, we took counts of the number of establishments for 66 different types of businesses - like breweries, art dealers, and museums - that can make a city more "interesting." We sourced data from the Census Bureau's 2015 County Business Patterns program and picked the metro areas with the highest and lowest count of these businesses for our interesting and boring cities.

For example, the New York City metro area has 62 breweries, 762 art dealers, and 305 museums, based on federal data. That ended up being the "most exciting" city in New York. Elmira, the "most boring" city in New York, has two breweries, zero art dealers, and four museums. Of course, this means that bigger cities tended to rank better as "exciting" cities, but that is a trend for most lists of this nature.

The list below breaks out cities by each of the 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas recognized by the federal government. You will see that some of the metro areas span more than one state (e.g. New York City includes Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey). We have made it clear in the slides below which metro areas span more than one state.

And two states - Rhode Island and Vermont - are not included in the list because they don't have at least two metro areas as defined by the federal government.

Read below to see the most exciting and most boring city in every state in America.

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Wyoming

Wyoming

Most Exciting

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Population: 97,183

Most Boring

Casper, Wyoming

Population: 82,191

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Most Exciting

Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis, Wisconsin

Population: 1,574,349

Most Boring

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Population: 101,943

West Virginia

West Virginia

Most Exciting

Charleston, West Virginia

Population: 220,375

Most Boring

Beckley, West Virginia

Population: 122,255

Washington

Washington

Most Exciting

Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Washington

Population: 3,727,097

Most Boring

Walla Walla, Washington

Population: 64,087

Virginia

Virginia

Most Exciting

Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Virginia

Population: 1,723,468

Most Boring

Staunton, Waynesboro, Virginia

Population: 120,463

Utah

Utah

Most Exciting

Salt Lake City, Utah

Population: 1,167,501

Most Boring

Logan, Utah

Population: 133,093

Texas

Texas

Most Exciting

Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Texas

Population: 7,089,888

Most Boring

Victoria, Texas

Population: 99,763

Tennessee

Tennessee

Most Exciting

Nashville, Davidson, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Tennessee

Population: 1,828,961

Most Boring

Morristown, Tennessee

Population: 116,702

South Dakota

South Dakota

Most Exciting

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Population: 251,889

Most Boring

Rapid City, South Dakota

Population: 144,059

South Carolina

South Carolina

Most Exciting

Charleston, North Charleston, South Carolina

Population: 744,603

Most Boring

Sumter, South Carolina

Population: 107,382

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Most Exciting

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Camden, New Jersey / Wilmington, Delaware

Population: 6,062,303

Most Boring

Bloomsburg, Berwick, Pennsylvania

Population: 84,944

Oregon

Oregon

Most Exciting

Portland, Oregon / Vancouver, Hillsboro, Washington

Population: 2,384,807

Most Boring

Grants Pass, Oregon

Population: 84,742

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Most Exciting

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Population: 1,356,965

Most Boring

Lawton, Oklahoma

Population: 130,168

Ohio

Ohio

Most Exciting

Cleveland, Elyria, Ohio

Population: 2,059,929

Most Boring

Springfield, Ohio

Population: 135,815

North Dakota

North Dakota

Most Exciting

Fargo, North Dakota

Population: 233,642

Most Boring

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Population: 102,226

North Carolina

North Carolina

Most Exciting

Charlotte, Concord, North Carolina / Gastonia, South Carolina

Population: 2,424,643

Most Boring

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Population: 124,319

New York

New York

Most Exciting

New York, New York / Newark, Jersey City, New Jersey

Population: 20,118,063

Most Boring

Elmira, New York

Population: 87,120

New Mexico

New Mexico

Most Exciting

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Population: 905,174

Most Boring

Farmington, New Mexico

Population: 118,701

New Jersey

New Jersey

Most Exciting

Ocean City, New Jersey

Population: 94,843

Most Boring

Vineland, Bridgeton, New Jersey

Population: 155,241

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Most Exciting

Newton, New Hampshire / Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Population: 4,766,755

Most Boring

Manchester, Nashua, New Hampshire

Population: 406,015

Nevada

Nevada

Most Exciting

Las Vegas, Henderson, Paradise, Nevada

Population: 2,109,289

Most Boring

Carson City, Nevada

Population: 54,405

Nebraska

Nebraska

Most Exciting

Omaha, Nebraska / Council Bluffs, Iowa

Population: 914,268

Most Boring

Grand Island, Nebraska

Population: 84,773

Montana

Montana

Most Exciting

Billings, Montana

Population: 168,164

Most Boring

Great Falls, Montana

Population: 82,118

Missouri

Missouri

Most Exciting

St. Louis, Missouri

Population: 2,808,330

Most Boring

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Population: 97,514

Mississippi

Mississippi

Most Exciting

Jackson, Mississippi

Population: 578,666

Most Boring

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Population: 148,716

Minnesota

Minnesota

Most Exciting

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota / Bloomington, Wisconsin

Population: 3,518,252

Most Boring

Mankato, North Mankato, Minnesota

Population: 99,178

Michigan

Michigan

Most Exciting

Detroit, Warren, Dearborn, Michigan

Population: 4,297,538

Most Boring

Midland, Michigan

Population: 83,618

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Most Exciting

Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts/Newton, New Hampshire

Population: 4,766,755

Most Boring

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Population: 127,671

Maryland

Maryland

Most Exciting

Baltimore, Columbia, Towson, Maryland

Population: 2,793,837

Most Boring

California, Lexington Park, Maryland

Population: 111,628

Maine

Maine

Most Exciting

Portland, South Portland, Maine

Population: 526,795

Most Boring

Lewiston, Auburn, Maine

Population: 107,245

Louisiana

Louisiana

Most Exciting

New Orleans, Metairie, Louisiana

Population: 1,262,071

Most Boring

Hammond, Louisiana

Population: 128,756

Kentucky

Kentucky

Most Exciting

Louisville, Kentucky

Population: 1,277,583

Most Boring

Owensboro, Kentucky

Population: 117,539

Kansas

Kansas

Most Exciting

Wichita, Kansas

Population: 643,016

Most Boring

Manhattan, Kansas

Population: 98,506

Iowa

Iowa

Most Exciting

Des Moines, West Des Moines, Iowa

Population: 622,580

Most Boring

Ames, Iowa

Population: 96,346

Indiana

Indiana

Most Exciting

Indianapolis, Carmel, Anderson, Indiana

Population: 1,986,542

Most Boring

Columbus, Indiana

Population: 81,011

Illinois

Illinois

Most Exciting

Chicago, Naperville, Elgin, Illinois

Population: 9,532,569

Most Boring

Danville, Illinois

Population: 78,990

Idaho

Idaho

Most Exciting

Boise City, Idaho

Population: 675,777

Most Boring

Lewiston, Idaho

Population: 62,235

Hawaii

Hawaii

Most Exciting

Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina, Hawaii

Population: 164,357

Most Boring

Honolulu, Hawaii

Population: 993,166

Georgia

Georgia

Most Exciting

Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Georgia

Population: 5,699,050

Most Boring

Hinesville, Georgia

Population: 80,328

Florida

Florida

Most Exciting

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, FL

Population: 6,001,717

Most Boring

The Villages, Florida

Population: 118,882

Delaware

Delaware

Most Exciting

Wilmington, Delaware / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Camden, New Jersey

Population: 6,062,303

Most Boring

Dover, Delaware

Population: 173,533

Connecticut

Connecticut

Most Exciting

Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Connecticut

Population: 1,209,953

Most Boring

Norwich, New London, Connecticut

Population: 270,639

Colorado

Colorado

Most Exciting

Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Colorado

Population: 2,808,816

Most Boring

Pueblo, Colorado

Population: 163,117

California

California

Most Exciting

Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim, California

Population: 13,268,828

Most Boring

Hanford, Corcoran, California

Population: 150,331

Arkansas

Arkansas

Most Exciting

Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Arkansas

Population: 731,542

Most Boring

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Population: 93,904

Arizona

Arizona

Most Exciting

Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Arizona

Population: 4,567,857

Most Boring

Sierra Vista-Douglas, Arizona

Population: 126,395

Alaska

Alaska

Most Exciting

Anchorage, Alaska

Population: 399,432

Most Boring

Fairbanks, Alaska

Population: 99,639

Alabama

Alabama

Most Exciting

Birmingham, Hoover, Alabama

Population: 1,144,857

Most Boring

Gadsden, Alabama

Population: 102,873

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