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Top 20 Most Fun States in America - 2021

Most fun states in the U.S.

The 50 U.S. states across two key categories, “Entertainment & Recreation” and “Nightlife” are analyzed to find out the most fun states in America in 2021.

To determine the states offering the greatest variety and most cost-effective options for enjoyment, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita. According to the study, California named the most fun state followed by Florida and Nevada.

California has the most movie theaters (per square root of population), 0.082806, which is 6.5 times more than in Rhode Island, the state with the fewest at 0.012643.



California has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 5.098717, which is 7.7 times more than in North Dakota, the state with the fewest at 0.663299.

Florida shared at the top rank for 'Most Restaurants per Capita with California, New York, Texas. Florida is also among the top states in 'Most Marinas per Capita'.



Texas has the most amusement parks (per square root of population), 0.012227, which is 16.5 times more than in West Virginia, the state with the fewest at 0.000742.

Massachusetts has the highest personal spending on recreation services per capita, $2,574, which is 4.2 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at $617.

Data used to create this ranking were collected from U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Park Service, Council for Community and Economic Research, American Gaming Association, TripAdvisor, Beachapedia, America's Scenic Byways, NOAA Office for Coastal Management,, Music Festival Wizard, Discotech and WalletHub research.

Top 20 Most Fun States in America 
1. California 11. Oregon  
2. Florida 12. Louisiana  
3. Nevada 13. Ohio  
4. New York 14. Missouri  
5. Illinois 15. Wisconsin  
6. Colorado 16. Arizona  
7. Washington 17. Maryland  
8. Texas 18. North Carolina  
9. Minnesota 19. Michigan  
10. Pennsylvania 20. Hawaii


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