Illinois and Missouri land on top 15 list of most fun states in America

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ST. LOUIS – WalletHub has curated a points system to rank the most fun states in America, and Illinois came in at the 5 spot and Missouri is number 14.

The list had in-depth methodology to it.

Illinois came in fifth in the entertainment and recreation section. They were third in nightlife. Missouri came in 14th in the entertainment and recreation section and in the nightlife section.

Below is WalletHub’s list of most fun states in America.

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. New York
  5. Illinois
  6. Colorado
  7. Washington
  8. Texas
  9. Minnesota
  10. Pennsylvania
  11. Oregon
  12. Louisiana
  13. Ohio
  14. Missouri
  15. Wisconsin

Click here for the full list.

WalletHub used metrics like, restaurants, golf courses, movie theatres, fitness centers, skiing facilities, marinas, national parks, amusement parks, and more to decide which ranking each state deserved.

Illinois came in fifth for most restaurants per capita, fifth in most performing-arts theaters per capita, and highest state and local expenditures on parks and recreation per capita. Illinois came in 50th for access to national parks.

Missouri came in fifth for highest variety of arts, entertainment and recreation establishments.

Below is more information on how each state was scored.

Entertainment & Recreation – Total Points: 80

  • Number of Attractions*: Quadruple Weight (~11.23 Points)
  • Variety of Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Establishments: Quadruple Weight (~11.23 Points)
  • Ideal Weather*: Quadruple Weight (~11.23 Points)
  • Restaurants per Capita**: Double Weight (~5.61 Points)
  • Amusement Parks per Capita**: Full Weight (~2.81 Points)
  • Golf Courses & Country Clubs per Capita**: Half Weight (~1.40 Points)
  • Movie Theaters per Capita**: Half Weight (~1.40 Points)
  • Arcades per Capita**: Half Weight (~1.40 Points)
  • Fitness Centers per Capita**: Full Weight (~2.81 Points)
  • Skiing Facilities per Capita**: Half Weight (~1.40 Points)
  • Marinas per Capita**: Half Weight (~1.40 Points)
  • Shoreline Mileage: Full Weight (~2.81 Points)
  • Beach Quality: Full Weight (~2.81 Points)
  • Access to Scenic Byways: Full Weight (~2.81 Points)
  • Number of State Fairs & Events per Capita**: Full Weight (~2.81 Points)
  • Access to National Parks: Full Weight (~2.81 Points)
  • Personal Spending on Recreation Services per Capita: Double Weight (~5.61 Points)
  • State & Local Direct General Expenditures on Parks & Recreation per Capita: Triple Weight (~8.42 Points)

Nightlife – Total Points: 20

  • Average Beer & Wine Price*: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
  • Movie Costs*: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
  • Nightlife Options per Capita**: Double Weight (~4.44 Points)
  • “Access to Bars” Grade: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
  • Time of Last Call: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
  • Music Festivals per Capita**: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
  • Performing-Arts Theaters per Capita**: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
  • Casinos per Capita**: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)

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