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Top 10 most fun cities — scientifically ranked

Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News on

Published in Travel News

Who knew you could quantify fun? Apparently, WalletHub's research team did.

They took a look at the nation's 150 biggest cities and rated them on a general awesomeness scale, weighing 58 factors that ranged from brewery hours and coffeehouses per capita to theaters, hiking trails, bicycle rentals and the relative perfection of the weather.

New York, for example, dominated the restaurant category, but it also had the highest beer prices. San Francisco and Honolulu tied for "most festivals per capita." But poor Texas had four cities -- including Corpus Christi -- among the bottom five. (May we suggest more parades? You can never have too many bacon fests.)

When all was said and tallied, Las Vegas stood triumphant atop the "most fun" list. And poor Oxnard, Calif., came in at No. 150. Here are the top 10. Read more and check out all 150 city rankings at's

1. Las Vegas

2. Orlando, Fla.

3. New York City

4. Miami

5. Portland, Ore.

6. Atlanta

7. San Francisco

8. New Orleans

9. Chicago

10. San Diego

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