When it comes to having fun, Florida 2nd to California; among U.S. cities, only Las Vegas ranks ahead of Orlando

YouTube download / WalletHub video / The personal-finance website WalletHub just released its report on 2018’s Most Fun Cities in America. And it should not com as a surprise wthis monikor which is No. 1: 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.' And there's no shame that No. 2 is 'The City Beautiful,' which, of course, is Orlando. 
 
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By HENRY FRDERICK
Headline Surfer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new study says Florida is the nation’s second most fun state behind only California. And in terms of cities, Les Vegas is tops followed by Orlando.

New York, Washington and Colorado round out the top 5 states for fun. Just outside the top 5 is Nevada at 6th best. 

When it comes to cities with the most fun, Las Vegas and Orlando, first and second respectively, are followed by New York City, Atlanta and Miami. So what is the winning fourmula for the top states? Sunshine and ocean shorelines. Obviously every state has sunshine, but there are only a limited number of states with an ocean shoreline as well. And by sunshine, one has to factor in the sun's warmth year-round, which explains why Califotrnia and Flortida are in the top 2.

Top destimnation cities in Fla / Top 10 US sports venues / Headline SurferWhen it comes to cities with the most fun, Las Vegas and Orlando, first and second respectively, are followed by New York City, Atlanta and Miami. So what is the winning fourmula for the top states? Sunshine and ocean shorelines. Obviously every state has sunshine, but there are only a limited number of states with an ocean shoreline as well. And by sunshine, one has to factor in the sun's warmth year-round, which explains why Califotrnia and Flortida are in the top 2.

Among states with an ocean shoreline, in addition to California and Florida, 1-2 respectively, other states with ocean shorelines ranked in tems of fun are South Carolina 17th, North Carolina 20th, Massachusetts 21st, Maryland 22nd, and Tennessee 23rd.

Then it's Georgia 24h, Hawaii 25th, Alaska 27th, New Jersey 33rd, and Main 37th. Among the rest of the states for fun are Connecticut 43rd, Alabama 44th, Rhode Island 47th, Delaware 48th, and Mississippi 49th.

The report comes from WalletHub, which said it compared all 50 states based on 26 metrics related to entertainment, recreation and nightlife. You can see the full study here.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.