Top 15 Emptiest Parts of the U.S.Jun 10, 2021
Hi, in the geography video this time it's called a countdown of the 15
partsof the US, the places in the country where you have large areas with little or no people and few or no roads, so we're talking about the real middle of nowhere. You may have guessed that all 15 are in the western half of the US. There really isn't much in the middle of nowhere in the eastern US. Pakis are never that far from the nearest road or house or some sign of civilization, but I want to quickly mention a couple of places in the east, an arch in the middle of nowhere before I guess in this countdown, northwest Maine is the most middle-of-nowhere place that You will find in the east, there are very few people living there and very few roads.
Everglades National Park in South Florida, another place where there are no people or roads, just a bunch of swampy land in northeastern Minnesota, there are a lot of lakes, a lot of open areas and there really aren't many people in many lines, but those three places are the closest you get. We're going to get to the real middle of nowhere in the eastern US and if you're thinking about Texas or the southeastern US, our country or rural area, let's look at it from this perspective. Idaho, Montana and Wyoming combined have 3 million people and are about the same size as Texas and Oklahoma combined Texas and Oklahoma have 32 million people and are also the same size as Arkansas Tennessee Louisiana Mississippi Alabama and Georgia combined, which have a population 30 million, so if we put it into perspective, there are very few people living in the interior West. much more remote, much more empty and arid and it is much more country and world than anything you can find in the eastern US. my personal definition of middle of nowhere is a place where you have no phone signal, somewhere where I won't hear a train in the distance somewhere where there are no services of any kind and also where there are no ranches or farms, just open wilderness areas.
There are several reasons why these places are true wilderness areas; They may be very inaccessible due to high elevation or maybe. extreme temperatures, the soil can be very bad, to where you cannot grow crops or graze animals, there may be no water at all or, in those few places in the east, too much water, but enough of this style of introduction, this ends in countdown at number 15 is northeastern California in an area the size of Rhode Island, there are only about 10,000 people. Most people know California as having the most people of any state, with around 40 million, but most properties are pretty empty, actually, so if you were to put California along the coast This, the amount of space it takes up, on the East Coast there are over 60 million people, so if you think California is very populated, that's not the case, especially when you take into account the fact that 20 million people in California they live only in the Los Angeles area, so California is mostly empty and the northeast corner of the state is one of the empty
partsof the state, at number 14 is northwestern Colorado.
This is not the part of the state most people think of when they think of Colorado. It's not where you have super high mountains with all the ski resorts, this is not where you have all the mountains over 14,000 feet, it's just kind of a high desert, there really are some beautiful mountains there, but this is not a very busy. of the state and it's also part of where a lot of people live in number 13 in north-central Nebraska and when you think of Nebraska, this is probably not the part of the state you're thinking of, these are the Sandhills, there are no golf courses. corn there is no livestock there and there are practically no farms, since it is sand, you cannot grow crops or graze animals, there is practically no water there, so it is just a lot of empty landscape and the landscape is not spectacular.
Bias to think it is very beautiful. in a very subtle way, but yes, north central Nebraska, really MD at number 12 is southeastern Utah and for me personally this is the most beautiful landscape in the entire country. I love all the national parks and national monuments, the canyons, the sandstone formations, the arches, all of them. and with all the parks there, you have a lot of visitors during the peak season, but there are very few people who live there and even in the busy national parks, like me, you walk a few miles close to all the people, away from all of them. civilization, but really empty southeastern Utah at number 11 is north central Washington and of all the places on this countdown, this is the only one I haven't been to, so I'm looking at some with a senior year, it looks really beautiful.
Basing this on the size of the area and how few people live there and looking at some of the numbers, it's not very busy, it's just pretty inaccessible, there aren't many roads, very few small towns come out; roads are passive, including north central Washington. beautiful, it is also very empty. The first of the top ten is the Mojave Desert, it is mainly in the southeast of California, but there are parts of it in Nevada and there too, and although there are two interstates that run through it, it is still almost empty, there are very few roads. , most of which are land and there are really no towns.
There are some places, there are a group of houses that you might want to call a community, but there are no real towns that you can drive through for more than an hour in this area, without passing anything that has been developed by humans, it is a desert really open and arid, so if you want to see a real void in the big old desert, look at the Mojave at number nine, it's the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona and while the Mojave Desert is a higher elevation high, you have a There are a lot more Joshua trees and the Sonoran Desert, its elevation is much lower, there are a lot more cacti, so a lot of people think of the desert landscape, they are thinking of the Sonoran Desert and it is quite open, It is actually an Air Force bombing range.
You're certainly not going to visit that, but there are some desert national monuments you can visit, like the Sonoran Desert or the Organ Pipe Cactus, so these are some great places to visit if you want to see a real open, arid desert. Low elevation at number eight is west central New Mexico, this is the part of the state south of I-40, west of I-25 and north of Silver City, this is not a terribly inaccessible part of the country, the elevations are not really high, the temperatures are It is not really extreme as there are very few people living there and very few roads that pass through the area and what also makes it so remote is that there are not many visitors or There are no national parks or national monuments, there is some nature. areas or national forests, but those aren't big tour draws, which is why west central New Mexico is one of my favorite parts of the entire country, in part because it's so empty at number seven it's just Montana which is It's hard to pick a part of the state that's really empty because the entire state is pretty empty, it's a huge state with only 1 million people, the vast majority of whom live along one of the interfaces that runs through the state or near the Glacier National Park and it's not all mountains nor are it all people I think Montana will be higher mountains but there are a lot of high plains and rolling hills in the state it's all very beautiful but it's also very empty yeah Montana not a lot of people there , there are not many really beautiful people, really empty and along the same lines in Number 6 is Wyoming, it is not as big as Montana, but for an area the size of New York and Pennsylvania combined, there is a total population of 600,000 in the entire state, which is the least populated state in the entire country and, like Montana, the vast majority. the people who live there live within the interstates that cross the state or in the northwest corner near the national parks and when you can drive for hours on the back roads into the state and really not pass through anything but small towns, in There's actually barely a phone signal in most of the state, it's very remote, very arid, but Wyoming is a beautiful state but also very empty.
Okay, we're about to get really deep. Were we in the top five? Number five is in southeastern Oregon for an area the size of New York. In Hampshire there are a total of around 20,000 people. It is a largely open and very remote place and is not the most spectacular landscape in the world. It is mostly a high desert, which is very pretty, but it is not the high elevations that prevent this area from thriving. The fact that it's empty is the fact that you just walk through it even from point A to point B and without there being spectacular scenery, there aren't actually many people visiting there, so there aren't many people passing through it. we have small towns, it's really remote, very open, southeastern Oregon v empty part of the country at number 4, it's northwest and west central Utah, this is just an almost arid wasteland, it's just west and southwest of the Great Salt Lake.
Speaking of the Great Salt Lake Desert here, just a flat, open, arid nothingness, and for an area the size of New Hampshire, you have about 10,000 people living there, so very few people are extremely remote, this is a area that not even indigenous groups populate because the land is so bad that there is no water there, the soil is so salty that nothing can be grown or grazed there, so basically it is an empty wasteland. I think it's quite beautiful, but you know, northwest west-central Utah is extremely arid and really empty. At number 3 is central Nevada and this is a huge area with very few people to put it in perspective, the entire state has 2.8 million people, there are 2 million in the Las Vegas area, 600,000 in the Las Vegas area.
Reno Lake Tahoe and one hundred thousand. live along i-80, so if you add all that up it means there are only 100,000 people in the entire rest of the state, an area about the size of Maine or South Carolina, think about that, if you live in South Carolina South, a state of only one hundred thousand. people, this is how few people live in central Nevada, it's super empty and the fact that it's so empty is the reason some pretty sketchy things happen, this is where area 51 is and I'm a huge theorist of conspiracy, but there's obviously some pretty sketchy stuff going on at Area 51 and it's in central Nevada for a reason, there's also some nuclear waste dumps there, so essentially I'm in a really empty real Barrens, but also It's really beautiful at number two, it's central.
Idaho and this area are not as big as the empty part of central Nevada, but there are some people in central Nevada, there is no one in central Idaho, so if you come from the Bitterroot Desert to the Bitterroot Desert river of no return to the Salmon River. There are no people, no small towns, no roads in this area, it is completely inaccessible, and with the exception of some deep parts of some unexplored caves, there is nowhere else in the US where you can find parts for which no human being has ever set foot except in central Idaho, if Bigfoot exists he will be in central Idaho, all kinds of things could be happening there that we all know, it is so empty, so incredibly remote, and also extremely beautiful. but since there are no people there, it is also extremely empty and I'm sure it will be a big surprise for you to know what the number one place is, but of course it's Alaska, it's more than twice the size of Texas and it has a population of approximately 700,000. half of which live only in the Anchorage area, the vast majority, the state is really empty and arid, even the native groups did not really inhabit most of the state, there are very few roads in the entire state, almost all of them are in the southeast quadrant. flying, you know, little bush planes and seaplanes all over the state to get from one place to another, it's right over a moat, but yeah, Alaska, obviously, is the
emptiestpart of the entire country and there you have the 15 emptier parts of the US and Again, they are all in the west, but if you are from the east and haven't been to the west, I highly recommend checking it out.
There's nothing like being in the middle of nowhere, camping and looking up at the sky. sky and there seeing how dark the night sky can be just seeing how many stars you can see seeing what the Milky Way really looks like there are no trains leaving in the distance no cell phone reception it's wonderful and if you've seen some of my other videos I love big cities. I love visiting cities. I love doing all the city things, but I wouldn't really like to live in a big city. I really love the openness of the Inner West.
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