5 Best States to Have Fun

May 9, 2018
Kerry Lengyel

Do you live in one of the most fun states in the country?

In some parts of the country, fun is not just an option — it’s a way of life. Although “fun” is sometimes a relative term, there are certain states that come to mind when you think of the best variety of restaurants, theaters, parks and other exciting attractions.

WalletHub, a website that offers free credit scores and reports, ranked all 50 states across two key categories: entertainment and recreation, and nightlife. Those categories were then broken down into 26 relevant metrics related to “fun,” including beach quality, music festivals and access to bars.

Last year, Nevada was dubbed the most fun state in America, scoring 56 out of a possible 100 points for its high variety of arts, entertainment and recreation establishments. But this year, two others outranked the state — tying with each other on several of the metrics.

How much fun does your state have to offer? Here are this year’s top five.

5. Illinois

  • Third most performing-arts theaters per capita.
  • Third most golf courses and country clubs per capita.
  • Third most fitness centers per capita.
  • Tied for the most marinas per capita.
  • Ranked the best for nightlife.
  • Third highest variety of arts, entertainment and recreation establishments.
  • Tied with North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming for the highest state and local expenditures on parks and recreation per capita.
  • Tied with California, Florida and Texas for the most restaurants per capita.
  • Tied with California and Texas for the most movie theaters per capita.
  • Tied with California for the most performing-arts theaters per capita.
  • Tied with California for the most fitness centers per capita.
  • Ranked the best for entertainment and recreation.
  • Tied with New York, Florida and Texas for the most restaurants per capita.
  • Tied with New York and Texas for the most movie theaters per capita.
  • Tied with New York for the most performing-arts theaters per capita.
  • Tied with New York for the most fitness centers per capita.

For the full rankings, visit the Wallethub website.