The Top 20 Cities for Celebrating New Year's Eve

On a night filled with pressure to have a good time, here's a handy guide to the cities that make it easy.

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New Year’s Eve: The night when pressure to have a blast can become its own source of stress. Strategically and meticulously plotting how to be in the perfect, magical setting when the clock strikes midnight. Dealing with throngs of random way-too-drunk strangers—and sometimes, friends. Trying to party hop when every cab is occupied and driving is guaranteed to be a nightmare. Finding that even your humble local watering hole has decided to charge a bajillion-dollar cover for the evening.

For these reasons and many more, New Year’s Eve is maligned as “amateur night,” a time when people are so desperately eager to have a good time they overdo it and instead just get real sloppy. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel, curl up on the sofa, watch the ball drop and head right to bed.

But fear not! WalletHub understands the struggle is real, which is why it has decided to lend a helping hand. The company recently put together a list of America’s 100 biggest cities, and then ranked them from best to worst for ringing in the New Year. It weighed a bunch of factors, from the average price of a cost of a glass of wine, to the number of party spots, to the ease with which you can get around.

Here are the top 20 cities from the list. To check out all 100 cities, and to see how your town scored, have a look at the list in its entirety.

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Minneapolis, MN
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Cincinnati, OH
  9. Las Vegas, NV
  10. Honolulu, HI
  11. Seattle, WA
  12. Boston, MA
  13. Tampa, FL
  14. Washington, DC
  15. Denver, CO
  16. Pittsburgh, PA
  17. Miami, FL
  18. Sacramento, CA
  19. New Orleans, LA
  20. St. Louis, MO

(h/t Wallethub)

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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