Washington DC Ranked 15th in List of 2023’s “Most Fun Cities”

With entertainment accounting for 4.7% of average annual consumer expenditures in the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Most Fun Cities in America, and Washington DC came in 15th of 180 big U.S. cities.

DC ranked high in two categories- ‘Entertainment & Recreation’ (9th) and  ‘Nightlife and Parties’ (11th), which would have been good enough for a top ten ranking overall, if it wasn’t for the low ranking in the ‘Cost’ category.

To help Americans find the cities with the greatest selection of cheap, fun activities, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 65 key metrics, ranging from fitness clubs per capita to movie costs to the average business hours of breweries.

Top 20 Most Fun Cities in America
1. Las Vegas, NV 11. Cincinnati, OH
2. Orlando, FL 12. Denver, CO
3. Miami, FL 13. Portland, OR
4. Atlanta, GA 14. St. Louis, MO
5. San Francisco, CA 15. Washington, DC
6. New Orleans, LA 16. San Diego, CA
7. Austin, TX 17. Tampa, FL
8. Chicago, IL 18. Fort Lauderdale, FL
9. Honolulu, HI 19. Houston, TX
10. New York, NY 20. Los Angeles, CA

Key Stats Across the Country

  • Miami has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 7.5234, which is 17.9 times more than in Pearl City, Hawaii, the city with the fewest at 0.4199.
  • Boston has the highest share of the population with walkable park access, 99.74 percent, which is 3.1 times higher than in Indianapolis, the city with the lowest at 32.50 percent.
  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 13 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest.
  • San Francisco has the most dance clubs (per square root of population), which is 80.6 times more than in Henderson, Nevada, the city with the fewest.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has the lowest average beer price (per six-pack), $8.06, which is 1.6 times lower than in Miami and Hialeah, Florida, the cities with the highest at $12.88.
  • Fargo, North Dakota, has the lowest movie cost, $6.24, which is 2.8 times lower than in Oxnard, California, the city with the highest at $17.40.

To view the full report, please visit:

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