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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 $3,050 on entertainment in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (The amount dropped about 6% in the un-fun year of 2020.)

If you're creative, there's always ways to have fun, even if you live in Boring, Oregon, or Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. But if you're really locked in the doldrums and want to escape Dullsville and get to Funberg, this list is for you.

To find American's most fun cities, 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%)--this 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 rankings as a destination on TripAdvisor.
  • Nightlife and parties (40%)--this category includes the number of bars, beer gardens, casinos, music venues, dancing and comedy clubs, lounges, and pool halls and more.
  • Costs (20%)-- 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.

Ready to have a good time? Based on WalletHub's ranking, these are the most fun cities in America.

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6. Atlanta
4. Miami
12. New Orleans
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5. Chicago
13. Honolulu
3. New York
16. Tampa, Fla.
14. Denver
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24. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
9. San Diego
21. Cincinnati
15. Washington, D.C.
19. Houston
18. St. Louis
10. Los Angeles
22. Salt Lake City
20. Philadelphia
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23. San Antonio, Texas
25. Tucson, Ariz.
29. Nashville, Tenn.
28. Pittsburgh, Pa.
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