Who needs the Mouse? Pennsylvania is your destination for fun | The Numbers Racket

By: - July 5, 2021 6:30 am

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When you think of fun states, what states come to mind? California? New York? Florida?

If one of the top 10 states that comes to mind isn’t Pennsylvania, well, you’d be wrong, according to a new survey. 

At the height of vacation season, WalletHub, a personal finance website, conducted a survey using 26 different metrics, including nightlife, attractions, restaurants and amusement parks and other factors, to determine the nation’s most fun states. 

States that Bring the Fun

Pennsylvania beat out Oregon to crack the top 10 states with a total score of 42.47 out of 100. 

The top list includes: 

  • California, 60.81
  • Florida, 58.09
  • Nevada, 56.24
  • New York, 55.61
  • Illinois, 53.71
  • Colorado, 49.14
  • Washington, 46.99
  • Texas, 46.83
  • Minnesota, 46.82
  • Pennsylvania, 42.47

Occupying the bottom half of list were: 

  1. Kansas, 26.58
  2. Kentucky, 25.60
  3. Connecticut, 24.37
  4. Alabama, 23.41
  5. Vermont, 21.45
  6. Rhode Island, 19.78
  7. Arkansas, 19.49
  8. Delaware, 15.87
  9. Mississippi, 14.82
  10. West Virginia, 14.67

Source: WalletHub

 

Keystone State of Mind

So what scooted the Keystone State into the top 10? 

One of the 26 metrics evaluated was the abundance of golf courses and country clubs, which, of course, Pennsylvania has in spades. 

The Keystone State ranked 5th in the nation for most golf courses and country clubs per capita, according to the survey. 

States with the most golf course and country clubs: 

  • Michigan
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania also made the top 5 states for highest personal expenditures on recreation services per capita, coming in at the number 5 seat. 

States with the highest personal expenditures on recreation services per capita: 

  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Colorado
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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