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Sunnydale Found 2nd Most Dangerous Fictional City to Live In

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by Ali Condon

A new study has ranked your favourite fictional towns from your favourite TV shows in order to determine which neighbourhoods would be the best to move to in real life.

Analysing thousands of episodes of television, the study took into account the average salary, crime rates, cost of a pint, and cultural locations of fictional towns like Springfield, Twin Peaks, Hawkins Indiana, and South Park.

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Do you think that ranking is accurate?
 
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You definitely wouldn't want to live in Midsomer that's for sure! The body-count is huge.....

Could see Sunnydale coming a close second though. Best not to invest in real-estate there

Although there would be some advantages to living there ;)
 

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Midsomer is a county rather than a city though, so really Sunnydale might be the worst city to live in.
 
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Not sure Sunnydale a City either.....Thought it was just a Town ;)

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I mean, living on a Hellmouth does have its cautions I guess! I love how Eastenders is near the most dangerous ones, and that's just Central London where I am!
 

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I'm tickled that Midsomer murders tops the list ahead of a literal Hellmouth and Twin Peaks.
 

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From 2012:

"the deadliest fictional place in the world of deadly fictional places is Cabot Cove in Maine, home town of one Jessica Fletcher (played by Angela Lansbury) in Murder, She Wrote, which has 149 murders for every 100,000 people. Ystad, home of Swedish detective Wallander, is nipping at its heels, with 110 murders per 100,000... The Sun gives a few top tips for keeping safe if you ever find yourself in any of these places, including keeping an eye on your drink so no one can poison it and making sure you never arrive in storm"

I'm tickled that Midsomer murders tops the list ahead of a literal Hellmouth and Twin Peaks.
It's filmed in Oxfordshire. Add the number of people murdered in Morse and it's a wonder the bloody place isn't a ghost town. You'd think it'd impact on Oxfordshire house prices but no... 😒

That list's crap...the price of a pint in Salford is £2.90. In London it's £3.64. No way is Eastenders The Vic cheaper than Corrie's The Rovers. I demand a recount.

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Just imagine if you lived in Ystad & Jessica Fletcher moved in next door :o

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Clearly the chart was done by a Brit, why else would you have the likes of Midsomer Murders, Eastenders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks on there?

I'm a little confused on how the chart is presented, surely places with a higher death rate should have a larger yellow box to signify a larger percentage of deaths?
 
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I was gonna say Midsommer would have to be number one.

fun Buffy link - did you know Cully Barnaby once played the daughter of a baron on a show called Covington Cross where she was the part time love interest of the son of a Knight played by none other than Glenn Quinn. Gotta admit, I do see Doyle differently now I know he's kissed frigging Cully Barnaby. He'll wash but he'll never be clean.
 
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I'm a little confused on how the chart is presented, surely places with a higher death rate should have a larger yellow box to signify a larger percentage of deaths?
It's confusing, but the original article gives a smaller yellow the higher the death rate. BtVS has a 26.80% death rate. But I'm with @Dogs of Winter that Kenny dies every episode on South Park! I guess they don't count it if you spring back to life. But then, that's true of Buffy characters, too.

I think if they had included cost of real estate, Sunnydale would have to win. Of course, you have to live in a crater.
 
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It's confusing, but the original article gives a smaller yellow the higher the death rate. BtVS has a 26.80% death rate. But I'm with @Dogs of Winter that Kenny dies every episode on South Park! I guess they don't count it if you spring back to life. But then, that's true of Buffy characters, too.

I think if they had included cost of real estate, Sunnydale would have to win. Of course, you have to live in a crater.
If you lived in Sunnydale, you eventually did live in a crater.
 

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PLL had more deaths than One Tree Hill.. and the average salary in Gilmore Girls is definitely higher than PLL.

Whoever made this is absolutely whack. Also, the price of beer has absolutely nothing to do with worth of a town.
 

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PLL had more deaths than One Tree Hill.. and the average salary in Gilmore Girls is definitely higher than PLL.
I would question that, while there are a few well-off people like Lorelai’s parents and Logan (but these are often not salaries as much as family fortunas), most people in GG are small town people who may be comfortable where they are, but are not making big money comparatively to other places. Even Lorelai for the bulk of the series relies on her parents for fixing up her house and sending Rory to school, not her salary.

What I’ve seen (and read in the books) of PLL is that it is a bit like Neptune in Veronica Mars, to live there your parents need a decent income and characters like Spencer (who at least in the books is very wealthy), Hannah and Aria are far from the norm/average income wise. Emily is the only one who seemed maybe not filthy rich. As the characters get older I imagine they all land ridiculously fancy jobs too.

Whoever made this is absolutely whack. Also, the price of beer has absolutely nothing to do with worth of a town.
That’s what people say, until they come here and are filled with a murderous rage at the cost... Wallander is true crime :p

No one likes paying too much for a beer ;)


From 2012:
Ystad, home of Swedish detective Wallander, is nipping at its heels, with 110 murders per 100,000... The Sun gives a few top tips for keeping safe if you ever find yourself in any of these places, including keeping an eye on your drink so no one can poison it and making sure you never arrive in storm"
And to think there isn’t even close to 100 000 in Ystad makes these stats even worse.

And Cabot Cove is a death trap! But I’d still visit if Jessica Fletcher was around.
 

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Yeah , I came to mention Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove too . :p If I remember right she had a cottage in Ireland ? That was a bloodbath . She had a little flat in New York . Stayed with a favourite nephew ? It's a wonder anyone would willingly enter her kill radius .

I do think Teen Wolf's Beacon Hills has been unjustly overlooked in this survey . That place is volatile .
 
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"her kill radius" lol

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And to think there isn’t even close to 100 000 in Ystad makes these stats even worse.
Didn't you read The Sun's :rolleyes: advice? They'll be fine...no-one in Sweden can afford alcohol. Just keep an eye on the weather and avoid storms. 😉
 

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To be fair to the survey , all the real wealth in Gilmore Girls lives outside Stars Hollow . The parents are in Harford , the guests at the Inn/Firefly are all 'from away' . After the Inn closed , Taylor is probably the richest man in Stars Hollow , owning a portfolio of properties and businesses .
 

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Here's the original research for anyone (like me) who couldn't be bothered to click on the link. Some of it (the murder chart) hasn't copied over so here's the SOURCE


Television has provided many of us with much-needed escapism over the last year. From iconic US dramas to beloved homegrown soaps, we have often lost ourselves in fictional worlds like the Mancunian suburb of Weatherfield in ‘Coronation Street’, the affluent Rosewood from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ or the once sleepy rural town of Hawkins, Indiana from Netflix’s smash hit ‘Stranger Things’.

If they were real, however, which of these famous fictional towns would be the best and worst to live in? MrQ studied 20 of the most well-known television shows set in fictional towns to reveal the answer.

Analysing thousands of episodes, the research investigated the average crime rates, salaries, commerce and culture in each fictional place. From there, they assigned a numerical score out of ten based on their performance in each category and used the average to determine which are, in fact, the best and worst TV towns to live in.

The best overall TV towns to live in


Rosewood, the setting of binge-worthy teen drama ‘Pretty Little Lies’ has been revealed as the best fictional town to live in. An analysis into the average salary of its characters found that Rosewood residents are earning an average of £145,000 per year in this affluent Pennsylvania suburb. Meanwhile, a relatively low 4.2% of its characters were killed off during the show and its cultural spots, such as the Apple Rose Grille and The Radley hotel, make it a perfect place to settle down.

Landing at the bottom of the list, however, is the seemingly quaint Midsomer. It might look like any ordinary English county, but it’s unusually prone to serial killings—459 across its 128 episodes. This was not the only reason for Midsomer ranking at the bottom of the study though; it also lacks culture with just half a dozen shops, hotels and pubs to provide respite from all the bloodshed. Furthermore, MrQ estimates that the average salary of Midsomer’s residents is a measly £27,000.

Which are the most dangerous TV towns?


Midsomer was also revealed as the most dangerous TV town owing to its many, many murders. With over a quarter of the people who live there (27.4%) having met a grizzly demise, it begs the question ‘why would anyone choose to move to Midsomer?’.

‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Sunnydale, with its hoards of vampires and demons, still couldn’t knock Midsomer off its bottom spot, landing just below it as the second most dangerous fictional town to live in. Located on the idyllic Californian coast, Sunnydale might seem like the perfect place on the surface. Less appealing, however, is what’s under the surface. Sunnydale just happens to also be located on top of a Hellmouth, a gateway between the Earth and the various demonic realms making it a hotbed of vampires, werewolves and every other horrid monster imaginable. Even with Buffy to protect it, its residents have a one in four chance (26.8%) of surviving there.

On the other hand, the least dangerous fictional town is ‘Gilmore Girls’s Stars Hollow. With just 0.5% of Stars Hollow’s residents being killed off, the only thing to fear in this delightful Connecticut town is passing out during the annual 24-hour dance marathon. Meanwhile, the second least dangerous place is the equally lovely town of Pawnee, Indiana from ‘Parks And Recreation’ where 0.6% of residents are killed off.

Another interesting location which featured among the most dangerous towns was Hawkins, Indiana from Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’. After otherworldly powers transform this once quiet town, almost 9% of Hawkins’s residents are killed off over the course of the show. There may be many more too with ‘Stranger Things’s highly-anticipated fourth season due to arrive in 2022.

In which fictional town would you earn the most money?
The upper middle class town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania where ‘Pretty Little Liars’ takes place boasts the highest average salary of the fictional towns studied. If you were to live there, your average annual salary would be just shy of $200,000 (or £145,000) with just some of the notable residents working as doctors, lawyers, bankers and college professors.

At the bottom of the list is Springfield from ‘The Simpsons’. Aside from resident billionaire Mr. Burns, much of this small town, whose precise location is still a mystery after 30 years of being on the air, is bringing home a low annual income. The average Springfieldian will earn just $25,000 (or £18,000) every year. Interestingly, this makes The Simpsons’ star Homer one of the town’s highest earners as in one episode he claims to earn $60,000 (£43,000) per year.

Which fictional town has the most culture and commerce?
Surprisingly, the quiet little mountain town of South Park came out top of the study as TV’s most cultured town. Across its 23 seasons, it has somewhat inexplicably proven itself to be a cultural hub. There are over 200 cultural spots in South Park including its bustling Main Street, restaurants such as City Wok and the Bijou Cinema which has, among other things, hosted its own film festival.

The full table can be found here:

RankTownAverage salaryCultural spotsCost of a pint% of residents killed off
1Rosewood Pennsylvania£144,645.8926£3.604.23%
2South Park£28,937.28229£2.5213.54%
3Pawnee Indiana£20,018.8133£1.800.64%
4Weatherfield£33,237.0062£2.303.85%
5Stars Hollow Connecticut£49,193.3819£3.600.48%
6Summer Bay£28,604.747£2.882.18%
7Emmerdale£26,000.0042£3.006.62%
8Capeside Massachusetts£50,355.937£3.961.09%
9Tree Hill, North Carolina£26,121.6812£3.601.09%
10Hawkins Indiana£43,420.349£3.608.95%
11Port Charles New York£26,842.2224£3.598.01%
12Smallville Kansas£42,682.498£2.7018.47%
13Hollyoaks£25,200.0026£3.2313.01%
14Royston Vasey£36,000.008£3.2014.2%
15Holby£22,678.204£4.503.04%
16Walford£39,474.0019£5.004.56%
17Springfield£17,941.1432£3.9612.11%
18Twin Peaks£53,198.3032£4.6715.36%
19Sunnydale California£49,868.5451£5.0326.80%
20Midsomer£27,397.326£4.0027.47%
Sources and methodology:
We have analysed some of the world's most iconic fictional towns from TV and analysed them by a series of metrics to determine which are the best to live in. Analysing the number of cultural locations (eg restaurants, museums. pubs, etc.), average cost of a beer, average salary, and number of deaths, we have determined the best and worst fictional towns of all time.

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  • Numbeo.com
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Reading this... perhaps Midsomer residents are just bored, I mean after tea, what is there to do but murder your neighbor or a close relation? :P
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