WalletHub Study: 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations

Best & Worst Cities

By Jack Barnes

With summer arriving and only 35 percent of Americans planning to take a family vacation away from home this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations.

To identify the best spots for staying local, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities across 36 key indicators of a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation. The data ranges from movie and bowling costs to spas and wellness centers per capita to cost of house-cleaning services.

Best Cities for Staycations Worst Cities for Staycations
1 Orlando, FL 141 North Las Vegas, NV
2 Chicago, IL 142 Oakland, CA
3 San Diego, CA 143 Port St. Lucie, FL
4 Seattle, WA 144 Hialeah, FL
5 Tampa, FL 145 Newark, NJ
6 Las Vegas, NV 146 Fremont, CA
7 Atlanta, GA 147 Santa Ana, CA
8 Portland, OR 148 Oxnard, CA
9 San Francisco, CA 149 Yonkers, NY
10 New York, NY 150 Chula Vista, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • New Orleans has the most museums per capita, 92 times more than in Aurora, Colo., the city with the fewest.
  • New York has the most parks per capita, 13.5 times more than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the fewest.
  • Orlando, Fla., has the most ice cream and frozen yogurt shops per capita, 28 times more than in Greensboro, N.C., the city with the fewest.
  • Chicago has the most tennis courts per capita, 26 times more than in Gilbert, Ariz., the city with the fewest.
  • Chicago has the lowest cost of house-cleaning services, 3.5 times less expensive than in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the city with the highest.

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