Houston rings in spot among best U.S. cities to celebrate New Year's Eve
When it comes to being the life of the party, few cities rage like Houston. Recently, personal finance website WalletHub released its ranking for the Best Places for New Year's Eve Celebrations, and the Bayou City is among the dazzling few to make the cut.
To determine the best cities, WalletHub examined 100 of the country's biggest cities, analyzing them based on 28 indicators for "an epic New Year's Eve." Those indicators included everything from hotel prices to average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket to weather.
Houston comes in as the No. 22 best city in the U.S. to celebrate the coming new year. Overall, the city land 19th place for entertainment options and 45th for costs. (Unsurprisingly, New York City ranked first in terms of cost. According to WalletHub, dinner and show for two people in the Big Apple on New Year's Eve costs an average of $1,160.)
One metric, however, did place Houston towards the bottom of the pile. It terms of safety and accessibility, the city ranked 91 out of 100.
Elsewhere in Texas, San Antonio topped the Lone Star State at 16th, with Dallas coming in right behind, ranking 17th in the country. Austin followed at No. 27. El Paso took the 35th spot and Fort Worth landed at No. 46.
So where is the worst place to celebrate New Year's Eve? That ball was dropped on Garland, Texas, which came in at No. 100. According to WalletHub, not only is Garland a boring place for the holiday (No. 98 for entertainment options and No. 99 for nightlife options per capita), it's also rather expensive, ranking 90th in costs.