The measure of “fun” is subjective. But that doesn’t stop us from trying. To that end, WalletHub released its 2019 ranking of most fun states in America on Monday.
For the ranking, the personal finance website compared fun in the 50 U.S. states using 26 weighted metrics related to entertainment, recreation and nightlife. Criteria included the number of restaurants and specific attractions per capita, the average cost for entertainment (such as movies and alcohol), along with personal and government spending on recreation.
California tops the list of most fun states. That’s no surprise given that WalletHub says it has the most movie theaters and restaurants per capita.
Rounding out the top five are Florida, New York, Washington and Colorado, in that order.
According to the ranking, West Virginia is the least fun state in the union. The mountain state had the fewest performing-arts theaters per capita (behind Mississippi) and fewest fitness centers per capita (behind Hawaii). West Virginia also tied for lowest variety of arts, entertainment and recreational establishments. So while it didn’t finish last in every criterion, its average was enough to push it to the bottom.
Also toward the bottom of the list are Vermont, Rhode Island, Delaware and Mississippi, ranked 46 through 49, respectively.
Scroll through the gallery to see the top 10 most fun states, according to WalletHub, below.
And check out the full list here.
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