We're No. 1 (plus 10)! Colorado Springs and Aurora also represent on the fun list.
Take that Honolulu, Hawaii! Denver edged out the island city and every city in Texas (no big surprise there) to rank No. 11 on WalletHub’s 2018 Most Fun Cities in America. The Mile High City is holding strong just outside of the top 10, as it ranked in the same position in 2017.
WalletHub’s annual list defines a fun city as “one that packs a little bit of everything for everyone.” The study compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 65 key metrics.
“They range from fitness centers per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries,” said WalletHub. Other categories included basketball hoops per capita, hiking trails per capita, ski facilities per capita and diversity of restaurants per capita, all of which put Denver in a pretty good position.
So, we obviously have the brewery metric wrapped up, but what else did we excel at?
Denver ranked No. 15 in overall entertainment and recreation, No. 12 in the nightlife and party category and a not-so-impressive No. 87 in costs. All those nights partying at the breweries and “recreating” at the pot shops must really hit the wallet hard.
Actually, our cost rating could be because the cost of living was given double weight when it came to the rankings, and we all know Denver’s costs are rising on the daily.
According to WalletHub, the data used to create this ranking were obtained from several sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, The Trust for Public Land, Council for Community and Economic Research, TripAdvisor, Yelp, and more.
While we know we are really No. 1, WalletHub somehow ranked the following cities above Denver (we’re coming for you, San Diego):
- Las Vegas, NV
- Orlando, FL
- New York, NY
- Atlanta, GA
- Miami, FL
- Chicago, IL
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco, CA
- New Orleans, LA
- San Diego, CA
Colorado Springs and Aurora also made the list, coming in at 66 and 130, respectively.
What do you think? Are you surprised by Denver's ranking, or not at all? Let us know in the comments below.