A survey by the USDA in the Washington Post on natural beauty put North Dakota and Minnesota counties near the bottom.
The scale used “natural amenities” to measure natural beauty. Climate, topography and water area also played a major role, something of which the Red River Valley lacks.
Red Lake County in Minnesota finished last out of more than 3,100 counties ranked in the nation.
Other states that did not rank too high on the scale include Wisconsin and Delaware. The highest-ranking county is Ventura County in California.
Measurements from Alaska and Hawaii were not included in the 3,111 counties surveyed for the study.