“Fun” looks a little different for everyone, but some factors are universal: good weather and a menu of fun, accessible activities, for example, almost always help create a fun environment.
Now that summer is here, people’s calendars will be filled with outdoor concerts, vacations and other celebrations – and if you’re lucky enough to take a break from work this season, you may be wondering where to go and what to do to get the best out of summer.
Some places make it easier for you to have fun than others – at least according to a new report from WalletHub, which identifies the funniest states in America.
To determine the list, the personal finance website compares all 50 states and the District of Columbia in two key dimensions: “entertainment and recreation” and “nightlife”.
More than 25 indicators were used, including restaurants and amusement parks per capita, coastline mileage, and access to national parks, and the indicators were weighed differently. To calculate the overall result, the weighted average of each country was used for all indicators.
Here are the 10 funniest states in America, according to a report by WalletHub:
Overall result: 63.60
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 1
Nightlife ranking: 3
Overall result: 61.26
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 2
Nightlife ranking: 8
Overall result: 59.84
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 4
Nightlife ranking: 1
4. New York
Overall result: 56.11
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 3
Nightlife ranking: 7
Overall result: 55.33
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 5
Nightlife ranking: 4
Overall result: 51.38
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 6
Nightlife ranking: 10
Overall result: 50.64
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 8
Nightlife ranking: 9
Overall result: 50.27
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 7
Nightlife ranking: 13
Overall result: 45.21
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 11
Nightlife ranking: 6
Overall result: 44.53
Ranking for entertainment and recreation: 14
Nightlife ranking: 2
Not surprisingly, coastal states with thriving tourism industries such as California, Florida and New York top the list, as these destinations consistently rank in travel blogs and reports as some of the best places to visit in the United States.
Other states performed well on more specific indicators to secure a place in the top 10: Louisiana, home of New Orleans, was recognized for its nightlife, while Texas, the birthplace of Six Flags, was at the top for most amusement parks per capita.
WalletHub also took into account access to scenic trails, the number of state fairs and the average price of beer and wine, among other factors, in compiling its ranking.
Some states on the list, including California, Colorado and Florida, are spending “a lot” on promoting local tourism, Tom Lehmann, a professor of economics at Indiana Wesleyan University, told WalletHub. Although it is difficult to measure the direct impact of state-sponsored campaigns on tourism promotion, such campaigns tend to have “some minor positive impact on visitor levels and revenue outside the state,” he added.
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