The Most and Least Fun Cities in the Nation

Did your hometown make the list of cities with the most -- or least -- entertainment and recreation opportunities? Find out.

The Most and Least Fun Cities in the Nation Photo (cc) by Tambako the Jaguar

July marks the 30th anniversary of Park and Recreation Month. If you plan to celebrate, Cincinnati might be your best bet.

WalletHub has used 27 metrics to rank the 100 biggest cities in the country based on recreation-related factors, including the quality of parks and recreational facilities.

Cincinnati came out on top, followed by Omaha, Nebraska. Two New Jersey cities ranked at the bottom: Newark and Jersey City.

The rankings are based on four primary factors. They are a city’s:

  • Number of entertainment and recreational facilities (ranging from public beaches and pools to food festivals)
  • Related costs (such as park fees and movie tickets)
  • Quality of parks
  • Climate (based on WalletHub’s ranking of Best and Worst Cities for Weather)

The cities that scored the highest were:

  • Cincinnati
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Boise City, Idaho
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Minneapolis
  • St. Louis
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Denver

The cities that scored the lowest were:

  • Anaheim, California
  • Garland, Texas
  • Fremont, California
  • North Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Chula Vista, California
  • Hialeah, Florida
  • Laredo, Texas
  • Irving, Texas
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Jersey City, New Jersey

To view WalletHub’s rankings for all 100 cities, click here.

Cincinnati and Minneapolis were also recently ranked among the top 10 cities in the country on the Trust for Public Land’s fourth annual ParkScore Index.

To make the most of National Park and Recreation Month regardless of where you live, be sure to check out:

What’s your favorite park or form of recreation? Share with us and other readers by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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