most fun states

We all define “fun” a bit differently. And hopefully the place in which we live caters to our personal ideas of entertainment. But that’s not always the case, which may drive people to live somewhere new.

There are certain states where fun is not just an option but also a way of life. These states offer such a variety of activities that everyone will be able to find something that excites them.

With pure enjoyment in mind, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key indicators of a jolly good time that won’t break the bank. They range from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.

For a more local breakdown of the fun scene, check out WalletHub’s Most Fun Cities in America ranking. South Dakota is 31 on the list.  South Dakota also ranks 4th with the best access to National Parks.

To determine the states offering the greatest variety and most cost-effective options for enjoyment, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.

Top 20 Most Fun States in America

1 California 11 Illinois

2 Florida 12 Missouri

3 New York 13 Ohio

4 Washington 14 Arizona

5 Colorado 15 New Mexico

6 Nevada 16 Louisiana

7 Minnesota 17 South Carolina

8 Pennsylvania 18 Michigan

9 Oregon 19 Wisconsin

10 Texas 20 North Carolina

Key Stats

• California has the most movie theaters (per square root of population), 0.0857, which is 8.3 times more than in Delaware, the state with the fewest at 0.0103.

• California has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 4.9327, which is 7.5 times more than in North Dakota, the state with the fewest at 0.6613.

• Texas has the most amusement parks (per square root of population), 0.0141, which is 20.1 times more than in West Virginia, the state with the fewest at 0.0007.

• Minnesota has the highest personal spending on recreation services per capita, $2,456, which is 4.4 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at $553.