Everyone likes to have fun. But we all prefer our personal brand of a good time. Some people like trying new restaurants, traveling, going to bars and clubs or playing outdoor sports. Others enjoy riding roller coasters, going to the movies, or playing video games. But having fun can be expensive – the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American spends nearly $3,000 on entertainment per year.

“Party in the city where the heat is on. All night, on the beach till the break of dawn. Welcome to Miami. Bienvenidos a Miami.”

Nearly 20 years later and Will Smith’s 1997 hit “Miami” still holds up because not that much has changed — as far as the city’s party scene is concerned.

Miami city clearly knows how to have a good time and is ranked the best party cities in the world, Thrillist placed Miami in the Top 10, coming in at No. 8:

Only in Miami can you be standing in a hotel lobby at 8pm on a Monday and have a 65-year-old man in a yarmulke come up to you and say: “My wife’s pissed at me because I’ve been partying at E11EVEN since 9 o’clock last night.”

Fresh of being ranked the eighth best party city in the world, Miami just took the No. 3 spot nationally in 2016’s Most Fun Cities in America, according to a study by WalletHub.

Their methodology was rather extensive, utilizing 51 relevant metrics—things like the number of ice cream shops, beaches, and movie theaters per capita, in addition to the obvious ones like the prominence of bars and casinos.

Miami ranked second in Restaurants per Capita and tied for first in Fitness Centers per Capita. I’m not sure who considers working out to be fun.

It’s somewhat surprising to see Orlando come in at No. 2. Disney World must’ve given it quite the boost.

The Top 10

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orlando
  3. Miami
  4. New Orleans
  5. Salt Lake City
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Fort Lauderdale
  8. St. Louis
  9. Atlanta
  10. Scottsdale


Sources: Data used to create this ranking were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, The Trust for Public Land, Council for Community and Economic Research, Numbeo, Kayak, Public Courses, TripAdvisor, Yelp, Thumbtack, Eventbrite, TheHuffingtonPost.com, Wikipedia, Music Festival Wizard and WalletHub research.

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