Data Journalist Relocating to ‘Absolute Worst Place to Live in America’

From a Washington Post thumbs-down to a personal life thumbs-up.

By some accounts, the first media citation of the saying “until the cows come home” appeared in 1829 in the London Times. This weekend, there is a variation worth noting in Minnesota newspaper the Grand Forks Herald:

“The cows were lovely,” Christopher Ingraham said. “Hopefully, we can move next to the cows.”

The notion of Washington Post data journalist Ingraham moving with his family to Red Lake County, Minn. seemed not long ago as distant as the sight of those metaphorical bovines. But in what will surely rank as one of 2016’s most comical and entertaining journalistic pivots, Ingraham is indeed headed to an area that ranked last in his August 2015 article about a report cataloging mainland U.S. counties by climate and scenery.

Cleverly, the journalist is relocating to Minnesota in May, giving himself two and a third seasons to prepare for the harsh winter. He has arguably, per his original Washington Post article, already given Red Lake County a new claim to fame:

The absolute worst place to live in America is (drum roll please)… Red Lake County, Minn. (claim to fame: “It is the only landlocked county in the United States that is surrounded by just two neighboring counties,” according to the county Web site).

Ingraham was invited to visit Red Lake County following the publication of his article and essentially fell in love with the idea of living there with his wife and two young children. More details about that visit in the Herald piece.

H/T: Camila Domonoske NPR