2018’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve and some New Year’s Facts

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Best Places for New Year’s Eve

2018’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve and some New Year’s Facts

With New Year’s Eve around the corner and the majority of Americans spending up to $200 each on the occasion per year, it’s a good time to look at the best places for the event.

WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities across 28 key metrics. The data set ranges from legality of fireworks to average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket to forecasted precipitation for New Year’s eve. Times Square is probably the best place that comes to mind for that evening, but not if you want to save, or if you like warmer weather for example. It did top the list though.

Best Places for New Year’s Eve

In order to determine the best spots for celebrating New Year’s Eve, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across three key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Food, 2) Costs and 3) Safety & Accessibility. They evaluated those dimensions using 28 relevant metrics. And here’s the top 20 cities after crunching the numbers:

1 New York, NY 11 Miami, FL
2 Los Angeles, CA 12 New Orleans, LA
3 Atlanta, GA 13 Philadelphia, PA
4 San Diego, CA 14 Birmingham, AL
5 Las Vegas, NV 15 Seattle, WA
6 Denver, CO 16 San Antonio, TX
7 Orlando, FL 17 Dallas, TX
8 Chicago, IL 18 Louisville, KY
9 Washington, DC 19 Nashville, TN
10 San Francisco, CA 20 Virginia Beach, VA

New Year’s Facts

  • $1.1 Billion – Estimated cost of New Year’s air travel, with at least 6.4 million people expected to pay an average of $165 for a round-trip ticket.
  • 8 in 10 Americans – Spend less than $200 on New Year’s Eve.
  • $758 – Difference in the cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show on New Year’s Eve in the most expensive (New York) and least expensive (Philadelphia) cities.
  • 360+ Million – Glasses of sparkling wine are drunk each New Year’s Eve.


Let us know if you agree with the ranking, and also tell us where you plan to be on New Year’s Eve.

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