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The Best And Worst U.S. Cities For Recreation, 2019

San Diego

Unsurprisingly, San Diego is the best city in America for recreation in a recent study by the personal finance outlet WalletHub. Out of 100 cities, Las Vega ranks at number 2 on the 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for recreation, followed by Orlando, FL; Honolulu, HI; and Tampa, FL.

Meanwhile, Jersey City, NJ; Irving, TX; Oakland, CA; Fort Wayne, IN; and Chula Vista, CA ranked as the five worst U.S. cities for recreation. It’s a little bit of a head-scratcher.

To determine the best (and the worst) cities in America for recreation 2019 ranking, analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions: entertainment/recreational facilities, costs, quality of parks and weather. Data for the study came from a variety of reputable sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau and Council for Community and Economic Research, The Trust for Public Land, Public Courses, Yelp.com, TripAdvisor, Numbeo.com, Under Armour, IMLeagues, 2Book and internal research.

 RankCityStateScore
1San DiegoCA58.27
2Las VegasNV58.14
3OrlandoFL58.13
4HonoluluHI56.71
5TampaFL53.73
6AtlantaGA52.9
7CincinnatiOH52.2
8ScottsdaleAZ51.96
9PortlandOR51.31
10Los AngelesCA50.93
11San FranciscoCA50.25
12DenverCO49.37
13St. LouisMO49.16
14New OrleansLA49.14
15MinneapolisMN48.96
16ChicagoIL48.74
17SeattleWA48.54
18SacramentoCA48.49
19BoiseID48.42
20TucsonAZ47.46
21El PasoTX47.24
22PhiladelphiaPA47.08
23LincolnNE46.95
24New YorkNY46.84
25HendersonNV46.68
26AlbuquerqueNM46.63
27St. PetersburgFL46.53
28AustinTX46.36
29PhoenixAZ46.08
30RenoNV45.91
31WashingtonDC45.72
32Long BeachCA45.04
33MiamiFL44.89
34OmahaNE44.88
35Colorado SpringsCO44.87
36BirminghamAL44.68
37PittsburghPA44.43
38ChesapeakeVA44.24
39JacksonvilleFL44.23
40Virginia BeachVA44.16
41ColumbusOH43.92
42IrvineCA43.73
43ClevelandOH43.71
44AnaheimCA43.62
45GlendaleAZ43.46
46Oklahoma CityOK43.4
47San AntonioTX43.31
48MadisonWI43.07
49Kansas CityMO43.07
50St. PaulMN43
51ChandlerAZ42.82
52PlanoTX42.74
53Fort WorthTX42.65
54DallasTX42.57
55HoustonTX42.42
56North Las VegasNV42.37
57MilwaukeeWI42
58Baton RougeLA41.98
59TulsaOK41.91
60Corpus ChristiTX41.58
61GreensboroNC41.39
62BakersfieldCA41.26
63MesaAZ41.2
64RaleighNC41.09
65NorfolkVA40.9
66NashvilleTN40.89
67BuffaloNY40.51
68StocktonCA40.47
69GilbertAZ40.38
70Winston-SalemNC40.35
71San BernardinoCA40.23
72LubbockTX39.7
73BostonMA39.68
74San JoseCA39.58
75ArlingtonTX39.46
76BaltimoreMD39.11
77RiversideCA39.07
78DetroitMI38.65
79FresnoCA38.49
80IndianapolisIN38.3
81Santa AnaCA38.2
82LaredoTX38.16
83WichitaKS37.98
84LouisvilleKY37.87
85Lexington-FayetteKY37.75
86ToledoOH37.6
87NewarkNJ36.95
88CharlotteNC36.94
89AuroraCO36.49
90GarlandTX36.43
91FremontCA36.13
92DurhamNC35.86
93MemphisTN35.16
94HialeahFL35.1
95AnchorageAK34.83
96Chula VistaCA34.69
97Fort WayneIN34.46
98OaklandCA33.95
99IrvingTX33.39
100Jersey CityNJ31.91

The Top 10 Best U.S. Cities For Recreation, 2019:

1. San Diego, CA
2. Las Vegas, NV
3. Orlando, FL
4. Honolulu, HI
5. Tampa, FL
6. Atlanta, GA
7. Cincinnati, OH
8. Scottsdale, AZ
9. Portland, OR
10. Los Angeles, CA

The Top 10 Best U.S. Cities For Recreation, 2019

The Top 10 Worst U.S. Cities For Recreation, 2019

1. Jersey City, NJ
2. Irving, TX
3. Oakland, CA
4. Fort Wayne, IN
5. Chula Vista, CA
6. Anchorage, AK
7. Hialeah, FL
8. Memphis, TN
9. Durham, NC
10. Fremont, CA

The Top 10 Worst U.S. Cities For Recreation, 2019


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