Janine Davis

Janine Davis

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 10: Pedestrians cross the street in front the EpiCenter on July 10, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The EpiCentre is a hub for dining, entertainment, recreation, and nightlife located in Uptown. Businesses and attractions in Charlotte are anticipating a boost in visitors when the city hosts the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) September 3-6. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Everyone defines “fun” as something different. Some enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling, or going to bars. While others prefer concerts or playing outdoor sports or even going to the movies or playing video games. But having “fun” does come with a price. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends over $3,500 on entertainment per year.

So just what makes a city fun? WalletHub conducted a survey to find out. WalletHub defines “fun” as a place that packs a little bit of everything for everyone. The key, WalletHub found is variety but cost-effectiveness. The analyst company compared more than 180 cities in the U.S. They used 6 key metrics.

Metrics ranged from fitness centers to movie costs to the average open hours of breweries. They made the comparisons across three key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Recreation, 2) Nightlife & Parties, and 3) Costs.

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