The Most Fun States In America (Guess Where Your State Ranked?)

The Most Fun States In America (Guess Where Your State Ranked?)

After more than a year of living through a global pandemic, who doesn’t want to have some fun right now? “People are tired of lockdowns and every aspect of pandemic life. ‘Return to normal’ is the main agenda of many individuals,” says Jalayer (Jolly) Khalilzadeh, an assistant professor at the School of Hospitality Leadership at East Carolina University. So with Covid numbers dropping in the U.S. and more people feeling safe about getting out and traveling this summer, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released a report on the most fun states in America—and the results will definitely put a smile on your face.

“There are certain states where fun is not just an option but also a way of life,” says WalletHub financial writer Adam McCann. To come up with the list, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics, including the cost of a movie, accessibility of national parks, casinos per capita, and more. The aim was to see which states offer the greatest variety and most cost-effective options for enjoyment.

Coming in at the top of the list as the happiest state in America is California, which has the most restaurants, most movie theaters and most fitness centers per capita. The Golden State’s long shoreline, spending on recreation and nightlife also contributed to its win. Fun fact: California also has more national parks (nine) than any other state, which helped give it an edge.

Next on the list was Florida, followed by Nevada, New York and Illinois rounding out the top five for fun.

According to WalletHub, West Virginia is the least fun state in America. It bombed in a number of categories. West Virginia tied for 49th with the lowest personal expenditures on recreation services per capita. It tied for 44th in the lowest variety of arts, entertainment and recreational establishments. It came in 48th with the fewest fitness centers per capita. And it was 49th in fewest performing arts theaters per capita. Rounding out the un-fun list was Mississippi, Delaware, Arkansas and Rhode Islands—all in the bottom five.

So where did your state rank in the most fun states in America? Read on to see the full list and some of the fun categories. You can also see the breakouts for other categories and the methodology here.

The Most Fun States in America in 2021

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. New York
  5. Illinois
  6. Colorado
  7. Washington
  8. Texas
  9. Minnesota
  10. Pennsylvania
  11. Oregon
  12. Louisiana
  13. Ohio
  14. Missouri
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Arizona
  17. Maryland
  18. North Carolina
  19. Michigan
  20. Hawaii
  21. New Mexico
  22. South Carolina
  23. Massachusetts
  24. Georgia
  25. Oklahoma
  26. Tennessee
  27. Utah
  28. Idaho
  29. Virginia
  30. New Jersey
  31. South Dakota
  32. Iowa
  33. Alaska
  34. Wyoming
  35. North Dakota
  36. Nebraska
  37. Montana
  38. Indiana
  39. New Hampshire
  40. Maine
  41. Kansas
  42. Kentucky
  43. Connecticut
  44. Alabama
  45. Vermont
  46. Rhode Island
  47. Arkansas
  48. Delaware
  49. Mississippi
  50. West Virginia

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