The 20 best US cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve, ranked

  • WalletHub compared the 100 most populated US cities to determine the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
  • New York City came in first place.
  • Denver, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada, rounded out the top three.
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If you’re looking for an affordable place with tons of festive attractions to ring in the new year, here are 20 cities to add to your list.

WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities in the US across 28 metrics to determine the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

The 28 metrics fall under three main umbrella categories:

  • Entertainment and food (restaurants per capita, music venues per capita, legality of fireworks, etc.)
  • Costs (average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket, taxi fare cost, average alcoholic beverage cost, etc.)
  • Safety and accessibility (walkability, neighborhood security, traffic congestion, etc.)

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale (100 being the best conditions for New Year’s Eve partiers). WalletHub then determined the weighted average across all metrics to calculate a total score for each city.

Here are the 20 best cities to count down to 2020 — as well as how they ranked in each of the three categories.

20. Louisville, Kentucky

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Fireworks in Louisville.
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Entertainment and food rank: 23

Costs rank: 47

Safety and accessibility rank: 56

Total score: 54.88

19. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Fireworks over Loring Park in Minneapolis.
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Entertainment and food: 26

Costs: 71

Safety and accessibility: 13

Total score: 54.96

18. Birmingham, Alabama

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Downtown Birmingham.
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Birmingham is home to low-cost, three-star hotel rooms on New Year’s Eve. Only Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has cheaper rooms, according to WalletHub.

Entertainment and food: 25

Costs: 1

Safety and accessibility: 97

Total score: 56.15

17. Seattle, Washington

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New Year’s Eve in Seattle.
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Entertainment and food: 12

Costs: 87

Safety and accessibility: 86

Total score: 56.96

16. Buffalo, New York

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Downtown Buffalo, New York, during early winter snow.

Buffalo came second for the lowest average price per New Year’s Eve party ticket, only second to Durham, North Carolina.

Entertainment and food: 22

Costs: 28

Safety and accessibility: 28

Total score: 58.21

15. Dallas, Texas

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Dallas at night.

Entertainment and food: 16

Costs: 25

Safety and accessibility: 78

Total score: 58.48

14. New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans nightlife.
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Entertainment and food: 11

Costs: 72

Safety and accessibility: 92

Total score: 59.33

13. San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio’s river walk.
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Entertainment and food: 18

Costs: 22

Safety and accessibility: 59

Total score: 59.66

12. Washington, DC

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The Washington Monument lit up by fireworks.

Entertainment and food: 10

Costs: 91

Safety and accessibility: 43

Total score: 60.34

11. Chicago, Illinois

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Skating in downtown Chicago.

Entertainment and food: 14

Costs: 78

Safety and accessibility: 40

Total score: 60.55

10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Fireworks in Philadelphia.

Entertainment and food: 13

Costs: 70

Safety and accessibility: 55

Total score: 61.30

9. Miami, Florida

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The Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.
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After New York and San Francisco, Miami has the most restaurants per capita. The costs of its hotel rooms and party tickets are among the highest in the country, though.

Entertainment and food: 7

Costs: 95

Safety and accessibility: 42

Total score: 62.04

8. San Francisco, California

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The Golden Gate Bridge on New Year’s Eve.
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Entertainment and food: 2

Costs: 98

Safety and accessibility: 52

Total score: 62.59

7. Orlando, Florida

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Fireworks at Disney World’s Cinderella Castle.
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Entertainment and food: 6

Costs: 48

Safety and accessibility: 99

Total score: 63.21

6. Atlanta, Georgia

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Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Entertainment and food: 5

Costs: 59

Safety and accessibility: 87

Total score: 64.20

5. Los Angeles, California

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A New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles.
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Entertainment and food: 3

Costs: 83

Safety and accessibility: 54

Total score: 65.98

4. San Diego, California

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Palm trees in San Diego.
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Entertainment and food: 9

Costs: 67

Safety and accessibility: 12

Total score: 66.42

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

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A New Year’s Eve party in Las Vegas.
Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Drai’s Beachclub-Nightclub

Entertainment and food: 4

Costs: 80

Safety and accessibility: 33

Total score: 67.47

2. Denver, Colorado

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A New Year’s Eve light show in Denver, Colorado.
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Entertainment and food: 8

Costs: 36

Safety and accessibility: 36

Total score: 67.71


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