Since 2002, The Bachelor franchise has captured the hearts of millions of hopeless romantics across the country. From outrageous contestants, trips to exotic locales, the drama of cutthroat competition, and of course, the journey of falling in love, the show and all its spinoffs keep us coming back for more — including the latest installment of The Bachelorette with Katie Thurston!
After night one’s gimmick-fueled premiere, it’s hard to imagine what the rest of her season will bring. All we know is that we can’t wait to watch yet another “most dramatic season ever” unfold! In the meantime, we looked at the history of Bachelorette hometowns and discovered the most common attributes that have shaped our favorite leading ladies. What did we find? Keep reading to find out!
It’s only fitting we start in the hometown of the franchise’s first Bachelorette from 2003, Trista Rehn! Trista gave her final rose to firefighter Ryan Sutter, and, as one of the relative few success stories from the show, the pair just celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary. Trista grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, a city known for its massive arch, world-famous ice cream, and of course, the St. Louis Cardinals. But, the famed Gateway Arch is only one of several architectural staples throughout the city, including the St. Louis City Hall and New Mt. Sinai Cemetery.
Similar to St. Louis, cities like Atlanta, Georgia and Canton, Ohio offer a mix of contemporary and classic architecture styles to millions of visitors each year. And of course, we can’t talk about architecture without mentioning Clare Crawley’s hometown: Sacramento! California’s capital does not disappoint — with elegant mid-century modern buildings to the pyramid-shaped Sacramento Ziggurat, it’s clear our Bachelorettes not only exude their own beauty — they live among it, too!
A surprise to none, the Bachelor franchise has seen its fair share of women from Southern states — among the Bachelorette leads alone, 6 come from states known for their southern hospitality, thriving restaurant and bar scene and sweet, summer sunshine. The hometown of back-to-back Bachelorette’s JoJo and Rachel, Dallas is known for its love of sports, a thriving arts district, and the JFK memorial.
And while not necessarily hometowns, Texas has become the hot landing spot for many Bachelor Nation alums! Fan favorites from recent Bachelor and Bachelorette seasons have all relocated to the Austin area — and we totally see why. Dallas and Austin are about 3 hours apart, both with music-filled history and beautiful outdoor parks to enjoy. “Alabama Hannah” didn’t shy away from her Tuscaloosa roots during her season; a city known for its stunning water oaks and the University of Alabama, it’s got plenty of heart and charm — just like Hannah!
A Sports-Fan’s Dream
With an all-star lineup of Bachelorettes, it only makes sense they hail from all-star hometowns! Cities like Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, (and did we mention Tuscaloosa?), these Bachelorettes come from several sports-centric cities who are loud and proud to show their team spirit.
Whether it’s NFL teams like the Dallas Cowboys or Denver Broncos, collegiate sports hubs like the University of Alabama Crimson Tide or the West Virginia University Mountaineers, or the birthplace of The Indy 500 — many of our Bachelorettes grew up with the hometown pride of powerhouse sports teams!
Rich Music History
No, none of our Bachelorettes are from music hubs like Nashville, but their hometowns still have strong ties to the music scene! Did you know Renton, WA, the hometown of current Bachelorette Katie Thurston, is the home of Jimi Hendrix’s memorial? Right outside his hometown of Seattle sits a beautifully crafted outdoor gazebo and guitar sculpture to honor the late musician. On the outskirts of Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock’s Northglenn, Colorado hometown is the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, a stunning concert venue set upon several beautiful red rock formations.
Season 4 leading lady DeAnna Pappas’ hometown of Marietta, Georgia is also the birthplace of country music superstar Travis Tritt, while Season 6 Bachelorette Ali Fedotowski’s hometown of Williamstown, Massachussetts is the birthplace of famed composer and songwriter Cole Porter.
If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know we’re obsessed with homes that have stellar views. Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams, the most recent Bachelorette alumnae, are California girls, lucky enough to wake up to gorgeous California canyon views from the Santa Ana and Sacramento Mountain ranges. But you don’t have to live in California to enjoy these views — newest Bachelorette Katie Thurston enjoys over 60 mountain ranges in her Oregon hometown’s greater county, Kings County.
But of course, previous Bachelorette stars like Meredith Phillips and Desiree Hartsock also hail from hometowns with the ultimate mountainside views: Beaverton, Oregon and Northglenn, Colorado, part of the Rocky Mountain range.
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