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Best & Worst Cities For A Staycation

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Via Press Release
06/08/2014 5:11 PM

In recognition of the high cost of summer travel and the still-recovering economy, the personal finance social network WalletHub today followed up on its analysis of the Best & Worst Cities for Summer Travel with a look at the Best & Worst Cities to Staycation in 2014.

We compared each of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. based on 20 key metrics – ranging from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita to the cost of maid services – in order to help consumers who are on the fence about staying home or taking a trip make the best decisions for their wallets and enjoy a bit of fun this summer.

2014’s Best Cities for Staycations


  1. Buffalo, New York   11. St. Petersburg, Florida
  2. Minneapolis, Minnesota   12. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
  3. Cincinnati, Ohio   13. St. Louis, Missouri
  4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   14. Cleveland, Ohio
  5. Portland, Oregon   15. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Omaha, Nebraska   16. Boise City, Idaho
  7. New Orleans, Louisiana   17. St. Paul, Minnesota
  8. Tampa, Florida   18. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  9. Orlando, Florida   19. Honolulu, Hawaii
  10. Seattle, Washington   20. Raleigh, North Carolina


Key Stats
  • Las Vegas, NV has 87-times more live performances per capita than Lincoln, Nebraska.


  • Tampa, FL has 143-times more zoos & aquariums per capita than New York, NY.


  • Going bowling in New York, NY is 3.5-times more expensive than in Buffalo, NY.


  • Going to a beauty salon in Los Angeles, CA or Long Beach, CA is 3-times more expensive than in Fort Wayne, IN.


  • Hiring a maid in Fort Wayne, IN is 5-times more expensive than in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Cincinnati, OH has 173-times more parks per capita than Toledo, OH.

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