Looking for the best city to party the night away on New Year’s Eve as 2017 comes to a merciful close? Maybe you’re thinking of hitting up Times Square. Not a bad choice, just be sure to bring lots of money. That’s not the only major New Year’s Eve party town where cash is king. Places like New Orleans and Atlantic City are notorious for jacking up their hotel rates around December 31st.
So what’s a guy to do? We want to have tons of fun on New Year’s Eve, but we’d prefer to not break the bank in the process.
Thankfully, we have the number-crunchers over at WalletHub to help us get the most band for our buck on New Year’s Eve. In a study of the 100 biggest cities in America based on 25 key indicators they have determined which cities are the best places to visit for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
In order to determine the best spots for celebrating New Year’s Eve, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across three key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Food, 2) Costs and 3) Safety & Accessibility.
We evaluated those dimensions using 25 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights.
Got all that? Okay, good. With that out of the way, here’s what you came here to see: the best cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve in 2017.
1. New York, NY
2. Orlando, FL
3. Atlanta, GA
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. San Francisco, CA
6. San Diego, CA
7. Chicago, IL
8. Miami, FL
9. Washington, DC
10. Las Vegas, NV
11. Seattle, WA
12. Dallas, TX
13. Denver, CO
14. New Orleans, LA
15. Austin, TX
16. Philadelphia, PA
17. Buffalo, NY
18. San Antonio, TX
19. Louisville, KY
20. Birmingham, AL
(Hover your mouse over each city for more details.)
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WalletHub also put together a very comprehensive list of over 50 New Year’s Eve facts, traditions, and more…
• $1.2 Billion – Estimated cost of New Year’s air travel, with at least six million people expected to pay an average of $204 for a round-trip ticket.
• 8 in 10 Americans – Spend less than $200 on New Year’s Eve.
• $680 – Difference in the cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show on New Year’s Eve in the most expensive (New York) and least expensive (Washington) cities.
• 360+ Million – Glasses of sparkling wine are drunk each New Year’s Eve.
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To view the full New Year’s Eve study, as well as the complete methodology used, head over to WalletHub.com. You can also read what several experts have to say about where you should be spending New Year’s Eve here.