Many people aim to stay active to reap numerous health benefits. Depending on location, this can be easier said than done. However, some cities offer a cornucopia of recreation opportunities – indoors and outdoors. According to WalletHub.com, having these options contribute to a city’s overall well-being and economy.
WalletHub notes, “Neighborhood parks are one of the most beneficial types of recreation a city can offer. Research has found that having a park within 500 to 600 feet of your property can have a significant impact on its value. In addition, parks help people stay fit, saving them as much as $1,500 in healthcare costs per year, and they reduce the overall costs of air pollution by $3.8 billion per year.”
In its July list, “Best & Worst Cities for Recreation,” WalletHub not only calculated elements like parks but also indoor leisure activities like movie theaters, music venues, and coffee shops.
WalletHub states it “compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 48 key metrics that speak to the benefits of recreational activities. In each city, we examined basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities, and the weather.”
Orlando, Florida, took first place, ranking No. 1 in entertainment and recreational facilities, No. 37 in costs, No. 59 in quality of parks, and No. 28 in weather. Its total score of 62.96 put it just ahead of Las Vegas, Nevada, which had a score of 61.80.
Here is the list of the best cities for recreation, according to WalletHub.
- Orlando, Florida – 62.96
- Las Vegas, Nevada – 61.80
- San Diego, California – 57.31
- Cincinnati, Ohio – 56.81
- Tampa, Florida – 56.51
- Honolulu, Hawaii – 56.04
- Atlanta, Georgia – 55.70
- Albuquerque, New Mexico – 54.87
- St. Louis, Missouri – 54.17
- New Orleans, Louisiana – 53.46