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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