California ranks No. 1 for the most fun state in 2023

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STATEWIDE – WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked California No. 1 on its 2023 Most Fun State in the US report. The company says they compared the 50 states across 26 good time key indicators — from people who crave the outdoors and athletics to those who would rather sit down for a film.

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 indicating the greatest number and variety of fun and cost-effective options.

WalletHub scored California the highest out of the 50 states – 64.56, with Florida and Nevada taking the second and third spots.

California also came in the top spot for Entertainment and Recreation, Most Restaurants per Capita, Most Movie Theaters per Capita, and Most Fitness Centers per Capita. 

Delaware, West Virginia and Mississippi came in bottom three making them the least fun states based on WalletHub’s criteria. 

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Overall RankStateTotal ScoreEntertainment & RecreationNightlife
1California64.5614
2Florida61.72211
3Nevada58.1941
4New York56.4438
5Illinois53.4272
6Colorado52.4367
7Texas52.16513
8Washington50.5989
9Minnesota46.32105
10Louisiana44.21156
11Arizona42.62923
12Oregon42.491416
13Ohio41.811812
14Pennsylvania41.712110
15North Carolina41.101225
16Missouri40.862014
17Wisconsin40.60253
18Maryland40.381132
19South Carolina39.121628
20Alaska39.051338
21Georgia38.171730
22Michigan36.472621
23Utah36.461946
24Virginia36.062242
25Tennessee35.603019
26Hawaii35.482339
27Oklahoma35.113120
28Massachusetts34.642924
29South Dakota34.613317
30Alabama34.282440
31New Mexico34.192731
32Montana33.343815
33Idaho33.173229
34Iowa33.093618
35Wyoming32.682845
36New Jersey31.583427
37Nebraska31.493526
38Kansas30.363735
39Indiana29.844222
40North Dakota28.824133
41Maine28.223947
42Kentucky27.624334
43Connecticut25.344444
44New Hampshire25.114050
45Vermont23.444541
46Arkansas22.904648
47Rhode Island22.114837
48Delaware21.404749
49West Virginia19.355036
50Mississippi19.184943

California tourism’ impact on a slowing economy 

Although WalletHub experts say inflation will have an impact on discretionary household spending – including travel and tourism, a recent study shows international travel may keep California tourism afloat.

According to the UCLA Anderson Forecast’s June 2023 report, China ending its zero-tolerance COVID policies should mean more Chinese tourists to California. 

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“This increase in tourism will disproportionately affect California, New York and Nevada and will moderate any impact of a slowing economy relative to the average for the nation,” said UCLA.

Travel-related spending in 2022 supported 1.09 million jobs statewide

To view WalletHub’s 2023 Most fun state in the US report visit https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-states/34665

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