Close your eyes, and envision the most amazing place in America that you’d imagine yourself having an incredible time.
Did you think of Vegas? You thought Vegas, right? Because then you’d be with the majority. A new study recently sought to discover which of the 50 States are the most fun, and Nevada came out on top.
This kind of research is important, guys. I’m not kidding. Because judging by the political climate currently surrounding our nation’s leader, we could soon expect a drought in that regard. A fun drought.
While it’s no surprise why Nevada took the lead, the rankings beyond that point are kind of bizarre. A few popular contenders appear clearly missing. For instance, California ranked 15th, and we have the Playboy Mansion and Disneyland. Big ol’ Texas didn’t do too hot either. They placed 34.
On a scale of one to fun, these are the nation’s most entertaining states:
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- New York
Are you suspicious of these results? Because I was. That is until I took a closer look at how these results were determined. The number-crunchers at WalletHub compared the 50 states across two categories: “Entertainment & Recreation” (worth 80 points) and “Nightlife” (worth 20 points). They then evaluated these categories using 22 different sub-categories and issued various weight to each of these sub-categories, like an alcohol’s average price point and one’s access to bars. In other words, a lot of work went into this project. More work than any of us would ever commit to, so, let’s just trust it. OK?
Researchers then broke down these results and categorized them by how many sources of entertainment there were per capita. For instance: Vermont had the most restaurants per capita; Utah had the least. Wyoming had the most movie theatres per capita; Louisiana had the least. When it came to golf courses, Iowa had the most; Utah had the least. And so on. You get the point.
Alternative research from HotelsCombined doesn’t reflect these results, however. In their research, the hotel booking site analyzed more than 87,000 hotel bookings that originated in the U.S. to determine which states are the most popular tourist destinations. These results, which were determined back in 2014, were less shocking.
- New York
- South Carolina
Now that’s more like it! Aside from New York, South Dakota and Hawaii, no other state matches up. When travelling to America, it appears that tourists prefer warm weather over the number of movie theatres located within the state. And we don’t blame them. Because who the hell considers a movie theatre a ton of fun?
If you’re interested in seeing where your state ranks in fun, click here.
By the way, I don’t live in California. I live in Canada, and am currently wearing a jacket in my living room. I’m not joking.