States Just Want to Have Fun

May 10, 2017
Kerry Lengyel

Sometimes it’s easy to find something to do any night of the week, but other times it’s a daunting task. According to recent data from WalletHub, it all depends on where you live.

There’s no doubt about it — Americans like to have fun. Depending on where you live, you might be having a whole lot of fun…or not so much.

WalletHub, a website that offers free credit scores and reports, scored all 50 states across 22 indicators that correspond with having a good time.

The factors were included in two key categories: (1) entertainment and recreation and (2) nightlife.

Included in the two categories were a variety of metrics such as the number of attractions in the state; the weather; the number of restaurants, amusement parks, and music festivals per capita; the average cost for a movie; and access to bars.

Here are the most and the least fun states in the country.

Source: WalletHub

1. Nevada

Total Score: 56

2. South Dakota

Total Score: 50.48

3. Colorado

Total Score: 45.98

4. North Dakota

Total Score: 44.31

5. New York

Total Score: 43.93

6. Wyoming

Total Score: 43.82

7. Oregon

Total Score: 42.80

8. Louisiana

Total Score: 42.09

9. Montana

Total Score: 41.91

10. Hawaii

Total Score: 41.30

Continue to see more information about the most and least fun states in the country.

Most Restaurants per Capita

1. Vermont

2. Maine

3. Montana

4. Rhode Island

5. Oregon

Fewest Restaurants per Capita

46. Kentucky

47. Maryland

48. Alabama

49. Mississippi

50. Utah

Most Movie Theaters per Capita

1. Wyoming

2. Montana

3. South Dakota

4. Vermont

5. North Dakota

Fewest Movie Theaters per Capita

46. Alabama

47. Florida

48. South Carolina

49. Mississippi

50. Louisiana

Highest Variety of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments

1. Maine

2. Vermont

3. Nevada

4. Minnesota

5. Tennessee

Lowest Variety of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments

46. New Jersey

T-47. Alaska

T-47. California

T-47. Mississippi

T-47. West Virginia