Survey: This is the ‘most fun’ city in the country

Vegas tops the list, but there’s a bit of a surprise at the bottom – How can anywhere in Hawaii honestly be considered not fun?

New data from WalletHub shows that Las Vegas, NV has been named the “most fun” city in the country, with a score of 70.37 out of 100.

Want to know how the company came up with the rankings? WalletHub took a look at 182 American cities (“including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state”), in terms of three factors: “Nightlife & Parties,” “Entertainment & Recreation” and “Costs.” The company then analyzed those in terms of 65 other factors before eventually giving each city a “total score” out of 100. It also used information from the U.S. Census Bureau, among many other sources.

Here are the Top 10 “most fun” cities in the nation

Did yours make the cut?

1) Las Vegas, NV (total score: 70.37)

2) Orlando, FL (total score: 61.31)

3) New York, NY (total score: 55.29)

4) Atlanta, GA (total score: 54.11)

5) Miami, FL (total score: 53.53)

6) Chicago, IL (total score: 51.38)

7) Portland, OR (total score: 50.53)

8) San Francisco, CA (total score: 50.44)

9) New Orleans, LA (total score: 49.43)

10) San Diego, CA (total score: 48.89)

As for the least fun city, Pearl City, HI came in last (#182) with a score of 17.55.

Here’s how the cities compare to each other

The infographic goes into great detail:

Here’s how to travel the right way

Dr. Jennifer Fowler, Associate Professor of Economics and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, told WalletHub about how travelers can enjoy themselves while cutting costs:

She recommends “visiting local spots that have no or nominal entry fees (e.g., museums, zoos, other venues – such as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville).”

Fowler also suggests seeking “a variety of activities, restaurants, shopping for all ages, within a reasonable distance from each other” when deciding on a city that’s both enjoyable and not too pricey.

While where you travel is ultimately up to you, one thing’s for sure: you certainly have a variety of places to choose from across the country, depending on what you want to do.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.