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What are the 12 most fun cities in the country? Find out

Posted September 22

View of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline. (Deseret Photo)

The United States can be a pretty fun place, if you know where to look.

Thankfully for those seeking fun, a recent survey from WalletHub, a budgeting and financial responsibility website, just outlined the most fun cities in the nation based on more than 51 metrics, including the cost of going to the movies, how many fitness clubs there are and where the best places are to play outdoor sports.

“Everyone likes to have fun. But we all prefer our personal brand of a good time,” according to WalletHub. “Some of us like going to bars and clubs, trying new restaurants, watching movies or playing outdoor sports. Others enjoy riding roller coasters, gambling, or catching and training Pokémon.”

According to WalletHub, Las Vegas tops the list, mostly because WalletHub gave it the highest ranking in the “nightlife and parties” category. Orlando and Miami are right behind, with New Orleans and Salt Lake City rounding out the top five.

California and Texas have a bulk of the fun cities, along with Northeastern metropolises like New York City and Philadelphia. The Midwest and Intermountain West also have some fun cultures, like in St. Louis, Denver and Salt Lake City.

Here’s a look at the top 12 cities.

1. Las Vegas

You can’t really beat the Las Vegas Strip and its buffets, can you?

2. Orlando, Florida

Orlando’s also home to the Walt Disney World resort, or the happiest place on Earth.

3. Miami

Like Las Vegas, Miami boasts a hot nightlife with a vibrant and diverse culture.

4. New Orleans

David Pearlman, an associate professor at the University of New Orleans, told WalletHub that his city benefits from Mardi Gras and Pokemon Go, of all things.

“Interestingly, the Pokémon Pikachu appeared on the very street that I live on in New Orleans so I got to see firsthand the droves of people that came to take pictures with the sculpture. Parking was pretty tight, but I believe that they could have set up a temporary attraction (100-feet from a public park) with selfie stations, food trucks, and a few tents with the local businesses (Prytania, St. Charles, and Magazine St.),” he said.

5. Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is not only one of the most artsy cities, but it also includes a number of recreational activities for family, like hiking, professional sports and outdoor malls.

6. Cincinnati

Cincinnati has the most park playgrounds per capita, tied with Madison, Wisconsin, according to WalletHub.

7. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This vacation spot also boasts a city strip, good for retirees or spring break vacationers.

8. St. Louis

This Midwestern city has the famous Gateway Arch, a slew of professional sports teams and a busy nightlife.

9. Atlanta

Atlanta has enough fun spots for all. The city is tied for first in most restaurants per capita and for most fitness centers per capita, according to WalletHub. So you can eat great and keep off the weight.

10. Scottsdale, Arizona

If you need a place to relax, Scottsdale may be the place as it has the third most acres of parkland per capita, according to Wallethub.

11. Tampa, Florida

Time to hit the Ferris wheel. Tampa has the fourth most amount of festivals per capita, according to Wallethub.

12. Portland, Oregon

Colleen Johnson, professor at Eastern Oregon University, told WalletHub that Portland and her state in general offer a lot of outdoor activities for families.

Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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