California number one for fun

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Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona also make most fun list.

With summer just around the corner and families planning out their vacations, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most Fun States in America as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the states offering the greatest variety and most cost-effective options for enjoyment, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.

Top 20 Most Fun States in America

1 California
2 Florida
3 New York
4 Washington
5 Colorado
6 Nevada
7 Minnesota
8 Pennsylvania
9 Oregon
10 Texas
11 Illinois
12 Missouri
13 Ohio
14 Arizona
15 New Mexico
16 Louisiana
17 South Carolina
18 Michigan
19 Wisconsin
20 North Carolina

Key Stats

California has the most movie theaters (per square root of population), 0.0857, which is 8.3 times more than in Delaware, the state with the fewest at 0.0103.

California has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 4.9327, which is 7.5 times more than in North Dakota, the state with the fewest at 0.6613.

Texas has the most amusement parks (per square root of population), 0.0141, which is 20.1 times more than in West Virginia, the state with the fewest at 0.0007.

Minnesota has the highest personal spending on recreation services per capita, $2,456, which is 4.4 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at $553.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit WalletHub.

Top photo of Oceanside Beach by Tim Forkes