Sixty four cities were ranked according to eight criteria, with those rankings then averaged "into an overall Big Deal Score":
"Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.); live music venues per capita; active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.); arts and entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, 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); and population density (the higher the better)."
While Birmingham and Florence, Ala., lead the list, Phenix City comes in at No. 9 for "a ton of active life options and restaurants per capita."
The remaining 54 cities are ranked as well. The least exciting city in Alabama, according to Movoto, is Tillmans Corner.
Movoto stresses that just because Columbus is so close doesn't mean Phenix City "doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have plenty to offer on its own, thank you very much." The latest thing the city will have: a zipline across the Chattahoochee, which starts in Columbus.