WalletHub Study: 2014’s Best & Worst Cities to Staycation!

By WalletHub, Special for USDR.

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.

To see where your city ranks, please visit: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341/

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