Considering relocating for a new job or planning a much needed refresh from work? If so, here’s 2016’s Most Fun Cities.

Top 20 Most Fun Cities in America
1Las Vegas, NV11Tampa, FL
2Orlando, FL12Portland, OR
3Miami, FL13Tempe, AZ
4New Orleans, LA14Pittsburgh, PA
5Salt Lake City, UT15San Francisco, CA
6Cincinnati, OH16Honolulu, HI
7Fort Lauderdale, FL17Knoxville, TN
8St. Louis, MO18Reno, NV
9Atlanta, GA19Denver, CO
10Scottsdale, AZ20Minneapolis, MN

Best vs. Worst

Scottsdale, Ariz., has the most public golf courses per 100,000 residents, 12.97, which is 90 times more than in New York, the city with the fewest, 0.14.

Orlando, Fla., has the most restaurants per 1,000 residents, 12.56, which is 11 times more than in Santa Clarita, Calif., the city with the fewest, 1.18.

San Francisco has the highest percentage of the population with walkable park access, 98.0 percent, which is 3.5 times higher than in Charlotte, N.C., the city with the lowest, 27.8 percent.

Madison, Wis., has the most park playgrounds per 100,000 residents, 72.96, which is 155 times more than in San Bernardino, Calif., the city with the lowest, 0.47.

San Francisco has the most performing-arts theaters per 100,000 residents, 101.68, which is 26 times more than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the fewest, 3.89.

Scottsdale, Ariz., has the most fitness centers per 100,000 residents, 228.17, which is 20 times more than in Newark, N.J., the city with the fewest, 11.48.

Honolulu has the most festivals per 100,000 residents, 41.72, which is 131 times more than in Corpus Christi, Texas, the city with the lowest, 0.32.

Orlando, Fla., has the most bars per 100,000 residents, 215.81, which is 31 times more than in Fontana, Calif., the city with the fewest, 6.95.

Las Vegas has the most clubs per 100,000 residents, 23.60, which is 70 times more than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the fewest, 0.34.

Albuquerque, N.M., has the lowest average beer price per six pack, $6.65, which is 2 times lower than in Chicago and Aurora, Ill., the cities with the highest, $14.04.

Corpus Christi, Texas, the lowest movie costs, $8.47, which is 2 times lower than in Vancouver, Wash., the city with the highest, $15.09.

Where’s the Fun? This heat map shows all the hot spots in the US. 

Source: WalletHub

Looking for specific flavors of fun? Here’s the best and worst cities for things like Entertainment, Dining and more. 

most fun cities, 2016’s Most Fun Cities in America, PROTECH

Still undecided? Here’s a full list of the top 200 cities for fun, ranked for Entertainment/Recreation, Nightlife/Parties and Cost.

Overall RankCityTotal Score‘Entertainment & Recreation’ Rank‘Nightlife & Parties’ Rank‘Costs’ Rank
1Las Vegas, NV68.4031103
2Orlando, FL68.171419
3Miami, FL59.618295
4New Orleans, LA57.4719374
5Salt Lake City, UT57.3621538
6Cincinnati, OH56.1561115
7Fort Lauderdale, FL55.859675
8St. Louis, MO55.811486
9Atlanta, GA54.7211786
10Scottsdale, AZ54.30161013
11Tampa, FL53.5871425
12Portland, OR53.13175108
13Tempe, AZ50.32182322
14Pittsburgh, PA49.90102284
15San Francisco, CA49.24512145
16Honolulu, HI48.97419136
17Knoxville, TN48.14332129
18Reno, NV48.05271844
19Denver, CO48.03211689
20Minneapolis, MN47.71152677
21Washington, DC45.572213127
22Richmond, VA45.30253647
23Providence, RI44.59869111
24Sacramento, CA44.19302588
25Baton Rouge, LA44.17372861
26Buffalo, NY44.02293840
27Seattle, WA43.801227141
28Springfield, MO43.6156531
29Madison, WI43.48234197
30Spokane, WA43.42344353
31Kansas City, MO43.29742036
32Austin, TX43.20423148
33Birmingham, AL42.81623043
34Rochester, NY42.652040107
35San Diego, CA42.041372109
36Omaha, NE42.0239668
37Tucson, AZ41.92386910
38Boise, ID41.82288339
39St. Petersburg, FL41.78314767
40Virginia Beach, VA41.57445056
41Raleigh, NC41.52573451
42Cleveland, OH41.33503371
43Grand Rapids, MI41.11473994
44Mobile, AL40.911193534
45Henderson, NV40.795129102
46Norfolk, VA40.73435770
47Chattanooga, TN40.50405193
48Sioux Falls, SD40.16685859
49Oakland, CA39.745517140
50Tacoma, WA39.377324114
51Huntsville, AL39.371024255
52Milwaukee, WI39.35666114
53Tallahassee, FL39.24824558
54St. Paul, MN39.06358091
55Winston-Salem, NC38.68705662
56Albuquerque, NM38.19619331
57Durham, NC38.11846528
58Akron, OH37.981046445
59Greensboro, NC37.89756335
60Glendale, CA37.764846123
61Philadelphia, PA37.52605290
62Colorado Springs, CO37.36649433
63Tulsa, OK37.36801067
64Overland Park, KS37.31789054
65Plano, TX37.30597573
66Mesa, AZ37.14100889
67Anaheim, CA37.076332120
68Modesto, CA37.05858566
69Detroit, MI36.951016827
69Lexington-Fayette, KY36.95728624
71Lincoln, NE36.845310380
72Huntington Beach, CA36.472479138
73Boston, MA36.373637147
74Louisville, KY36.14969817
75Houston, TX36.061134863
76Shreveport, LA35.981389226
77Fayetteville, NC35.98879187
78Nashville, TN35.97946279
79Long Beach, CA35.815849124
80Baltimore, MD35.75678176
81Chicago, IL35.714959130
82Glendale, AZ35.70779549
83Wichita, KS35.5112510216
84Memphis, TN35.481425423
85Chandler, AZ35.451067760
86Des Moines, IA35.4412810142
87Jacksonville, FL35.349310521
88Indianapolis, IN35.271101073
89Columbus, OH35.191208911
90Worcester, MA35.1213744106
91Dallas, TX34.941186765
92San Bernardino, CA34.9110970105
93Pembroke Pines, FL34.7711473104
94Amarillo, TX34.7612114230
95Stockton, CA34.637911183
96Newport News, VA34.081469964
97Irvine, CA34.0132115143
98Peoria, AZ33.909012269
99Oceanside, CA33.8046112117
100Columbus, GA33.727114868
101Cape Coral, FL33.724512396
102Vancouver, WA33.655278135
103Fort Wayne, IN33.608913818
104Oklahoma City, OK33.5513310920
105Corpus Christi, TX33.398313646
106Santa Rosa, CA33.282697146
107Little Rock, AR32.8913612157
108Lubbock, TX32.838112978
109Charlotte, NC32.761328472
110Los Angeles, CA32.736976126
111Jackson, MS32.7012214752
112Garden Grove, CA32.686571142
113Phoenix, AZ32.591241324
114San Antonio, TX32.521318782
115Augusta, GA32.5112913081
116Santa Ana, CA32.458882125
117Toledo, OH32.3513011737
118El Paso, TX32.2812714012
119Garland, TX31.8311213192
120Santa Clarita, CA31.787696137
121New York, NY31.585455150
122North Las Vegas, NV31.4214060116
123Bakersfield, CA31.1912312685
124Hialeah, FL31.04107114112
125Arlington, TX30.9897108118
126Riverside, CA30.82108113113
127Anchorage, AK30.6641145139
128Port St. Lucie, FL30.2910513399
129Irving, TX29.97116143100
130Chesapeake, VA29.80141116101
131Newark, NJ29.73126110121
132Gilbert, AZ29.7114512732
133Montgomery, AL29.6514714641
134Aurora, CO29.64111118110
135Rancho Cucamonga, CA29.6391120128
136San Jose, CA29.3099119122
137Grand Prairie, TX29.03115144115
138Brownsville, TX29.031491505
139Aurora, IL28.71117124131
140Jersey City, NJ28.40135100129
141Fresno, CA28.3614414150
142Fort Worth, TX28.3313913498
143Moreno Valley, CA28.16103125132
144Laredo, TX27.691481492
145Ontario, CA27.5495139134
146Fontana, CA27.42134137119
147Chula Vista, CA27.21143104133
148Fremont, CA27.1598128144
149Yonkers, NY26.1915074148
150Oxnard, CA24.6192135149

 

Methodology

In order to identify the most fun cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across three key categories: 1) Entertainment & Recreation, 2) Nightlife & Parties and 3) Costs.

We evaluated these categories using 51 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 indicating the greatest number and variety of fun and cost-effective options.

We then calculated overall scores for each city using the weighted average across all metrics, which we then used to construct our final ranking.

Entertainment & Recreation – Total Points: 40

  • Number of Coffee & Tea Shops per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Public Beaches per Capita: Half Weight (~0.65 Points)
  • Number of Tennis Courts per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Public Golf Courses per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Public Swimming Pools per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Ball Diamonds per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Basketball Hoops per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Bike-Rental Facilities per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Fishing Spots per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Hiking Trails per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Boat Tours & Water Sports per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Water Parks per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Restaurants per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Ice Cream & Frozen-Yogurt Shops per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Movie Theaters per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Attractions: Double Weight (~2.58 Points)
  • WalletHub “Sports Fans” Ranking: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
    Note: Includes football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.
  • Percentage of the Population with Walkable Park Access: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Percentage of Designed Parkland Areas: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Presence on TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Parks” List: Half Weight (~0.65 Points)
  • Number of Park Playgrounds per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Parkland as Percentage of City Area: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Acres of Parkland per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • WalletHub “Weather” Ranking: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Arcades per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Amusement Parks per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Performing-Arts Theaters per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Sport Venues per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Fitness Centers per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Recreational-Sport Centers per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)
  • Number of Festivals per Capita: Full Weight (~1.29 Points)

Nightlife & Parties – Total Points: 40

  • “Access to Bars” Grade: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
    Note: This grade is a combination of bars per capita and bars per square mile, a measure of both availability (per capita) and proximity (per square mile).
  • Number of Dance Clubs per Capita: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Number of Casinos per Capita: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Number of Beer Gardens per Capita: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Number of Music Venues per Capita: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Dance Party Index: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Number of Arts & Crafts-Supplies Establishments per Capita: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Public Drinking Allowed: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Time of Last Call: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Average Open Hours of Breweries: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)

Costs – Total Points: 20

  • Average Price of Party Ticket: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Average Beer Price: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Average Wine Price: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Average Food Price (Pizza & Burger): Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Prevalence of Affordable Restaurants Rated at Least 4.5 Stars: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Movie Costs: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Bowling Costs: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Average Fitness-Club Fee: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Price for a 3-Star Hotel Room: Full Weight (~1.82 Points)
  • Cost of Living: Double Weight (~3.64 Points)
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Elizabeth Becker

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