By Jack Barnes
With summer arriving and 52% of Americans reporting having unused vacation days last year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations.
To identify the best spots for staying local, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 40 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 for Staycations||Worst for Staycations|
|1||Orlando, FL||173||Lubbock, TX|
|2||Honolulu, HI||174||Warwick, RI|
|3||Chicago, IL||175||Aurora, IL|
|4||Seattle, WA||176||Anaheim, CA|
|5||Portland, OR||177||Nashua, NH|
|6||Tampa, FL||178||Yonkers, NY|
|7||Las Vegas, NV||179||Fremont, CA|
|8||San Francisco, CA||180||San Bernardino, CA|
|9||San Diego, CA||181||Bridgeport, CT|
|10||Charleston, SC||182||Oxnard, CA|
Best vs. Worst
- North Las Vegas, Nev. has the most zoos & aquariums (per square root of population), 0.0187, 62.3 times more than in New York, the city with the fewest at 0.0003.
- Portland, Maine has the most parks (per square root of population), 1.2937, 22.4 times more than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the fewest at 0.0577.
- Chicago has the most tennis courts (per square root of population), 0.3235, 25.7 times more than in Gilbert, Ariz., the city with the fewest at 0.0126.
- South Burlington, Vt. has the lowest cost of house-cleaning services, $103, 5.2 times less expensive than in St. Paul, Minn., the city with the highest at $539.
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