15 of the most fun American cities that are actually affordable

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Whether you’re looking for a celebratory weekend getaway or planning to relocate permanently, it’s likely that you’ll want to find a city that offers plenty of fun activities, but doesn’t break the bank.

With the help of WalletHub’s 2016 Most fun cities in America ranking, we’ve come up with a list of 15 cities that are both fun and affordable.

To determine it’s original ranking, WalletHub compared the 150 largest US cities based on 51 key metrics, ranging from number of fitness centers per capita to movie costs to number of music venues per capita. Each city was scored on three categories: entertainment and recreation, nightlife and parties, and costs. (Read more about their methodology here.)

To compile our ranking, we averaged the cities’ overall score and costs score – a category made up of 10 metrics, including average beer price, average food price, movie costs, and bowling costs. The cities with the lowest averages made it to the top of our list.

Below, check out 15 US cities where you can have a blast on the cheap.


14. Kansas City, Missouri

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.04

Average pizza price: $8.16

Average movie ticket: $9.15

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $60


(TIE) 13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8

Average pizza price: $9

Average movie ticket: $10.18

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $82


(TIE) 13. Buffalo, New York

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Average beer price (6-pack): $7.99

Average pizza price: $8.66

Average movie ticket: $10.16

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $93


12. Reno, Nevada

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.06

Average pizza price: $10.49

Average movie ticket: $9.78

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $86


11. Tucson, Arizona

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.37

Average pizza price: $9.32

Average movie ticket: $9.60

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $52


10. Knoxville, Tennessee

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.49

Average pizza price: $9.41

Average movie ticket: $9.68

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $76


9. Omaha, Nebraska

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Average beer price (6-pack): $7.91

Average pizza price: $8.99

Average movie ticket: $9.69

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $68


8. Salt Lake City, Utah

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Average beer price (6-pack): $7.46

Average pizza price: $8.99

Average movie ticket: $8.50

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $141


7. Tampa, Florida

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.69

Average pizza price: $8.49

Average movie ticket: $9.81

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $67


6. Tempe, Arizona

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.19

Average pizza price: $9.33

Average movie ticket: $9.75

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $50


5. Springfield, Missouri

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.74

Average pizza price: $7.64

Average movie ticket: $9.34

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $75


4. Scottsdale, Arizona

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.19

Average pizza price: $9.33

Average movie ticket: $9.75

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $45


(TIE) 2. Cincinnati, Ohio

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.36

Average pizza price: $8.99

Average movie ticket: $10.17

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $81


(TIE) 2. Orlando, Florida

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.55

Average pizza price: $9.99

Average movie ticket: $10.44

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $52


1. St. Louis, Missouri

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Average beer price (6-pack): $8.13

Average pizza price: $8.48

Average movie ticket: $10.23

Price for a 3-star hotel room: $63