If you’re wondering what to do this New Year’s Eve, we have a few suggestions on where exactly you should head — and where you should avoid. According to a recent WalletHub report, Houston ranks a dismal No. 85 out of 100 for best places to ring in the New Year.
No Texas cities showed up that great on the list, although Austin came in at No. 40 and Dallas at No. 44. Even tourist mecca San Antonio fared so-so at No. 65. Other Texas cities came in even worse than Houston, with Fort Worth (No. 93), Arlington (No. 95), and Garland (No. 98).
For the report, WalletHub’s analysts compared America’s 100 most populated cities across 20 key metrics. The data set ranges from legality of fireworks to average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket and forecasted precipitation for December 31.
Houston did middling on cost (No. 51), surprisingly poorly on entertainment & food (No. 67), and near the bottom of the list on safety and accessiblity (No. 95.)
Of course, with Buffalo, New York at No. 5; Omaha, Nebraska at No. 22; and Baton Rouge at No. 33; it's hard to take a list like this that seriously. On the other hand, there's no city-wide New Year's Eve celebration in the nation's fourth largest city, so perhaps they're on to something.
San Francisco ranked best for most nightlife options and best luxury shopping, while Miami was No. 1 for most restaurants. The cheapest place to party, based on the price of a NYE party ticket? Durham, North Carolina.
Overall, though, the No. 1 best place for New Year's Eve is Orlando. And definitely stay away from Newark, New Jersey (unless you’re heading to NYC), and North Las Vegas, which were Nos. 99 and 100, respectively.
CultureMap Houston editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this article.