Washington among top 10 most fun states

by Emily Mack

How do you define fun? According to WalletHub, with a specific methodology. The personal finance site analyzed each state’s party potential using 65 metrics across three categories: entertainment and recreation, nightlife and parties and overall costs. And Washington is high on the list.

The Evergreen State came in at No. 7 for most fun states to visit. However, it’s also the most expensive state to unwind in. It has the highest rate for personal expenditures spent on recreation services, followed by Colorado and Massachusetts. But the landscape for fun in Washington is changing.

Steven G. Koven, Ph.D., a professor in the department of urban and public affairs at the University of Louisville, contributed to the study, noting that the legalization of marijuana has already increased tourism. “Data shows that when commercial sales of marijuana began in Colorado and Washington hotel bookings grew and prices increased,” he said.

According to the full study, the top 10 fun states are:

1. California
2. Florida
3. Nevada
4. New York
5. Illinois
6. Colorado
7. Washington
8. Texas
9. Minnesota
10. Louisiana

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