Tampa ranks behind Miami and Orlando in Most Fun Cities in America list

Tampa's large number of festivals was among the factors that earned it a high ranking. LUIS SANTANA | TIMES
Tampa's large number of festivals was among the factors that earned it a high ranking.LUIS SANTANA | TIMES
Published September 20 2017

Is Tampa really among the "most fun cities in America?"

That depends on how much stock you put into WalletHub, the personal finance website that's become best known for ranking American cities in all sorts of fun categories. According to them, Tampa and St. Petersburg have charted among the best places for foodies, the best baseball cities, the sweatiest cities and the most sinful cities in America.

Their new list, the Most Fun Cities in America, ranks Tampa No. 15, making it the third Florida city in the Top 20, behind strong showings from Orlando (No. 2), and Miami (No. 4). St. Petersburg ranked No. 48.

From Wallethub: 

"WalletHub's data crunchers compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics. They range from fitness centers per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries.

"In order to determine the most fun cities in the U.S., WalletHub's analysts compared the 150 most populated cities across three key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Recreation, 2) Nightlife & Parties and 3) Costs."

Metrics that were weighted and considered across those dimensions included festivals per capita (Tampa ranked No. 3), restaurants and dance clubs per capita (Orlando tied for No. 1 in restaurants, and ranked No. 5 in nightclubs), most fitness centers per capita (strong showing for Miami at No. 4) and acres of park land (Jacksonville was No. 3). 

Other considerations included the average price of a beer (Albuquerque was the nation's lowest) and price of a movie ticket (Port St. Lucie was cheapest). 

The most fun city in America, according to this list? Las Vegas, which squeaked past Orlando and New York.

Here's the top 25:

1. Las Vegas, NV

2. Orlando, FL

3. New York, NY

4. Miami, FL

5. Portland, OR

6. Atlanta, GA

7. San Francisco, CA

8. New Orleans, LA

9. Chicago, IL

10. San Diego, CA

11. Denver, CO

12. Los Angeles, CA

13. Cincinnati, OH

14. St. Louis, MO

15. Tampa, FL

16. Philadelphia, PA

17. Washington, DC

18. Austin, TX

19. Houston, TX

20. Seattle, WA

21. Honolulu, HI

22. Fort Lauderdale, FL

23. Salt Lake City, UT

24. Pittsburgh, PA

25. Minneapolis, MN




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