We know the Bayou City offers a nearly unmatched quality of life for its value, with its urban green spaces; winning pro sports teams (some of them, anyway); and bustling nightlife. But just how fun is it?
Personal finance site WalletHub released the results of its new report, an investigation to uncover the 2018 Most Fun Cities in America because, as they explain, "everyone likes to have fun." In order to quantify fun, a process which seems inherently not fun, thus negating the fun study, the researchers looked at 80 U.S. cities based on 65 relevant metrics.
According to WalletHub, Americans spend nearly $3,000 on entertainment each year, so this fun study is actually about money. In Texas, Houston ranks second-most fun city, behind our hip, millennial sibling, Austin, and No. 18 nationally. Austin landed at No. 14 among U.S. cities — up four spots from 2017 — and took the No. 1 spot among Texas cities.
Nationally, Houston ranked No. 31 for "Entertainment & Recreation" and No. 29 in the "Costs" rank. H-Town scored highest in "Nightlife & Parties" at a respectable No. 14 — just behind party town Austin.
Back in the Lone State State, other party towns are San Antonio (No. 22) and Dallas (No. 27). Fort Worth, El Paso, and Arlington are medium levels of fun at Nos. 56, 73, and 86, respectively. Sadly, at No. 170, Brownsville wears the tiny sad crown as the least fun place in Texas.
Strange news for Capital City: Austin did not land among the top five cities for festivals. Instead, that honor went to Honolulu. No disrespect to Honolulu, but seriously? Austin hosted a festival entirely for cats, and we didn't even get an honorable mention? That's just ridiculous.
So where is the ultimate fun city in the U.S.? That precious honor was bestowed upon Las Vegas. Orlando, Florida, and New York City round out the top three spots.
As for us, we suggest raising a glass of something to our city that works hard and plays hard, since we're the Southern capital of cool and all.