The middle of nowhere isn’t too far away from Utah.
New research from an Oxford University team recently unveiled new tools that can help identify how far any place in the country is from a city or another place.
Using the research, The Washington Post found that Glasgow, Montana, is the so-called "middle of nowhere."
Researchers working on the Malaria Atlas Project, which included 22 authors from Oxford’s Big Data Institute, spent more than two decades building a map that identifies “just how long it takes to cross any spot on the planet based on its transportation types, vegetation, slope, elevation and more,” according to The Washington Post. The group says the data can help identify ways to help the poor.
The Washington Post used the data to pinpoint every populated place in the country. The Post then looked to find one place that represents the “middle of nowhere,” or a place that is far enough from all towns and cities to be considered the middle of nowhere. The study defined a town as a place with at least 1,000 people in its population and a city as a place with at least 75,000 people.
Glasgow, Montana, is that place.
The town is roughly 4.5 hours away from any other place that has at least 75,000 people, making it the so-called “middle of nowhere.”8 comments on this story
Glasgow resident Mark Dulaney told The Post that he has enjoyed living in the city.
“It's pretty slow moving here,” Dulaney said. “When we go to Billings, it seems like a big metropolis.”
The other “nowhere” towns include two Montana locations (Scobey and Wolf Point), as well as four Kansas locations (Colby, Oakley, Scott City and Holcomb). Battle Mountain and Tonopah, Nevada, also made the list, along with Presidio, Texas.