Are you having fun yet? If not, maybe you live somewhere that just doesn't have much to do, or it's too expensive to do it. The average consumer spent $3,379 on entertainment over a one-year period in 2017-2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To help you escape Dullsville and get to Funberg, personal finance site WalletHub ranked 182 U.S. cities -- including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state, for fun-ness. They compared the cities across three key dimensions:
- entertainment and recreation (40%)
- nightlife and parties (40%)
- costs (20%)
The entertainment and parties category includes everything from amusement parks, theaters and shopping centers to restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops and availability of all kinds of activities, including basketball, tennis, hiking, golf, bowling, boating, skiing and fishing. This category also includes weather and the city's ranking as a destination on TripAdvisor.
The nightlife and parties category includes the number of bars, casinos, music venues, dancing and comedy clubs, lounges and pool halls.
The costs category measured the average cost of things like beer, wine, pizza, burgers, movie tickets, hotel rooms and the overall cost of living in the city.
Based on WalletHub's ranking, these are the most fun U.S. cities.