So, how did Lufkin and Nacogdoches compare against each other and against other cities in the state when the list of the most exciting Texas cities was released?

We'll get to that. 

First, let's find out who was conducting the survey and how they came to their conclusions.

Movoto is a company that uses its online site to pair real estate agents to prospective home buyers or sellers. And, on occasion, through online blogs they do listings of things like the most affordable and safest places to live.  In their latest listing blog, Movoto did research using data from the top 100 most populated cities in Texas to come up with the top 10 most exciting places to live as well as the top most boring places to live.

Their research was based on several components:

  • 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 not fast food (the higher the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)

Here's the list of the top ten most exciting Texas cities:

1. Galveston

2. Austin

3. Houston (tie)

3. Conroe (tie)

5. Dallas

6. San Marcos

7. McAllen

8. Tyler (tie)

8. New Braunfels (tie)

10. Bryan no sign of Lufkin or Nacogdoches.  Actually, if you go down the list a little more the Oldest Town in Texas ranks 29th out of the 100 cities surveyed.  Nacogdoches had a high percentage of younger residents which is a good thing in this survey, however, the large ratio of fast food restaurants in the city brought the overall score back down.  Lufkin did not make the top half of the most exciting cities according to this survey. You can see a complete listing and more detailed explanation of the top 50 here.