As that bridal party on a wine crawl down Magnolia Avenue will tell you, Fort Worth sure is fun. As the dudes in inner tubes on the Trinity can attest, Fort Worth knows how to have a good time. In fact, the authors of a new national study should pay us a visit to see what a barrel of laughs we really are.
They think we're "medium fun."
Personal finance site WalletHub has released the results of its new report, an investigation to uncover the 2018 Most Fun Cities in America because, as they explain, "everyone likes to have fun." In order to quantify fun, a process which seems inherently not fun, thus negating the fun study, the researchers looked at 80 U.S. cities based on 65 relevant metrics.
Fort Worth ranked No. 56. Womp, womp.
According to WalletHub, Americans spend nearly $3,000 on entertainment each year, so this fun study is actually about money. Austin landed at No. 14 among U.S. cities — up four spots from 2017 — and took the No. 1 spot among Texas cities.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Live Music Capital of the World scored its highest marks in the "Nightlife & Parties" (13) and "Entertainment & Recreation" (19) categories. Austin didn't do as well in the "Costs" column, earning a paltry 54. (Strangely, Austin did not land among the top five cities for festivals. Instead, that honor went to Honolulu. No disrespect to Honolulu, but seriously? Austin hosted a festival entirely for cats, and they didn't even get an honorable mention? That's just ridiculous.)
How did Fort Worth score? In "Entertainment & Recreation," 83; "Nightlife & Parties," 27; and "Costs," 101. Its total average score of 35.10 sandwiches it between snowy Rochester, New York (No. 55) and wing-capital Buffalo, New York (No. 57).
Elsewhere in Texas and DFW, Houston's fun ranking is No. 18, followed by San Antonio (22), and Dallas (27). El Paso and Arlington join Fort Worth at medium levels of fun, at Nos. 73, and 86, respectively. Plano is at 121. Irving comes in at a pretty boring 148, Grand Prairie at 151, and Garland at 152. And sadly, at No. 170, Brownsville wears the tiny sad crown as the least fun place in Texas.
So where is the ultimate fun city in the U.S.? That precious honor was bestowed upon Las Vegas. Orlando, Florida, and New York City round out the top three spots.