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Best and Worst Cities for 'Staycations' Due to High Cost of Summer Travel

Updated: 06/05/2014 11:33 AM
Created: 06/04/2014 5:38 PM KSTP.com
By: McKenzie Gernes

In recognition of the high cost of summer travel and the still-recovering economy, the personal finance social network WalletHub has created a Best & Worst Cities for Summer Travel list with a look at Best & Worst Cities to Staycation in 2014.

They compared each of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. based on 20 key metrics, ranging from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita to the cost of maid services.

All in order to help consumers who are on the fence about staying home or taking a trip, to make the best decisions for their wallets and enjoy some fun this summer.

2014's Best Cities for Staycations:

1. Buffalo, New York

11. St. Petersburg, Florida

2. Minneapolis, Minnesota

12. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

3. Cincinnati, Ohio

13. St. Louis, Missouri

4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

14. Cleveland, Ohio

5. Portland, Oregon

15. Atlanta, Georgia

6. Omaha, Nebraska

16. Boise City, Idaho

7. New Orleans, Louisiana

17. St. Paul, Minnesota

8. Tampa, Florida

18. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

9. Orlando, Florida

19. Honolulu, Hawaii

10. Seattle, Washington

20. Raleigh, North Carolina

A few key stats about the competing states:

Las Vegas, Nevada, has 87 times more live performances per capita than Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tampa, Florida, has 143 times more zoos and aquariums per capita than New York, New York.

Going bowling in New York, NY is 3.5-times more expensive than in Buffalo, New York.

Going to a beauty salon in Los Angeles, California, or Long Beach, California, is three-times more expensive than in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Hiring a maid in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is five times more expensive than in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Cincinnati, Ohio, has 173 times more parks per capita than Toledo, Ohio.

To see where your city ranks, visit: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341/

WalletHub ranked Minneapolis number two for 2014's Best Cities for Staycations.
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