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The 100 best places in the US to celebrate New Year’s Eve, ranked

Revellers take part in New Year celebrations in New York’s Times Square.
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If you want to start the new year in a new city, you have no shortage of choices. Cities around the US host New Year’s Eve celebrations full of confetti, fireworks, and Champagne. But how do you pick which one to visit?

WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities in the US to determine the best places to ring in the new year. They based their ranking on 25 factors, including the price of New Year’s Eve party tickets, weather, walkability, duration of fireworks displays, and Google search interest for “New Year’s Eve celebration,” and condensed them into three categories: entertainment and food, costs, and safety and security. They also gave each city an overall score out of 100 based on their individual rankings.

New York City came in at number one overall with high rankings in food and entertainment and safety and security, though it’s also one of the most expensive cities to celebrate in. Laredo, Texas, was ranked the safest city, and El Paso the cheapest.

Here’s the full list of the best US cities to be in on New Year’s Eve.

100. North Las Vegas, Nevada

North Las Vegas.
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Total score (out of 100): 34.96

Entertainment and food: 94th

Costs: 96th

Safety and accessibility: 80th

99. Fremont, California

Total score: 38.37

Entertainment and food: 99th

Costs: 92nd

Safety and accessibility: 25th

98. Newark, New Jersey

Newark.
mandritoiu/Shutterstock

Total score: 39.98

Entertainment and food: 85th

Costs: 98th

Safety and accessibility: 50th

97. Hialeah, Florida

Total score: 41.42

Entertainment and food: 92nd

Costs: 94th

Safety and accessibility: 20th

96. Irving, Texas

Total score: 42.06

Entertainment and food: 95th

Costs: 85th

Safety and accessibility: 15th

95. Lubbock, Texas

Total score: 42.10

Entertainment and food: 93rd

Costs: 64th

Safety and accessibility: 66th

94. Chula Vista, California

Total score: 42.14

Entertainment and food: 98th

Costs: 57th

Safety and accessibility: 13th

93. Garland, Texas

Total score: 42.55

Entertainment and food: 96th

Costs: 84th

Safety and accessibility: 12th

92. Anchorage, Alaska

Total score: 43.09

Entertainment and food: 84th

Costs: 73rd

Safety and accessibility: 60th

91. Stockton, California

Total score: 43.87

Entertainment and food: 82nd

Costs: 63rd

Safety and accessibility: 85th

90. Fort Wayne, Indiana

Total score: 44.17

Entertainment and food: 86th

Costs: 52nd

Safety and accessibility: 31st

89. Toledo, Ohio

Toledo.
AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta

Total score: 44.49

Entertainment and food: 90th

Costs: 71st

Safety and accessibility: 32nd

88. Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi.
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Total score: 44.53

Entertainment and food: 89th

Costs: 55th

Safety and accessibility: 9th

87. Glendale, Arizona

Glendale.
You Touch Pix of EuToch/Shutterstock

Total score: 44.63

Entertainment and food: 83rd

Costs: 22nd

Safety and accessibility: 70th

86. San Bernardino, California

San Bernardino.
Brian S/Shutterstock

Total score: 44.78

Entertainment and food: 48th

Costs: 89th

Safety and accessibility: 98th

85. Gilbert, Arizona

Gilbert.
tishomir/Shutterstock

Total score: 45.13

Entertainment and food: 97th

Costs: 13th

Safety and accessibility: 7th

84. San Jose, California

Total score: 45.32

Entertainment and food: 65th

Costs: 78th

Safety and accessibility: 83rd

83. Fresno, California

Fresno.
Wikimedia Commons/JMora24

Total score: 46.29

Entertainment and food: 91st

Costs: 29th

Safety and accessibility: 59th

82. Chesapeake, Virginia

Chesapeake.
JoMo333/Shutterstock

Total score: 46.42

Entertainment and food: 88th

Costs: 34th

Safety and accessibility: 49th

81. Aurora, Colorado

Aurora.
Aaron Esterday/Shutterstock

Total score: 46.71

Entertainment and food: 87th

Costs: 30th

Safety and accessibility: 28th

80. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Total score: 47.12

Entertainment and food: 77th

Costs: 61st

Safety and accessibility: 29th

79. Arlington, Texas

Arlington.
fitzcrittle/Shutterstock

Total score: 47.79

Entertainment and food: 83rd

Costs: 53rd

Safety and accessibility: 26th

78. Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield.
Sonia Cervantes/Shutterstock

Total score: 48.16

Entertainment and food: 78th

Costs: 26th

Safety and accessibility: 82nd

77. Oakland, California

Oakland.
Christopher Boswell/Shutterstock

Total score: 48.38

Entertainment and food: 49th

Costs: 81st

Safety and accessibility: 86th

76. Plano, Texas

Total score: 48.43

Entertainment and food: 72nd

Costs: 83rd

Safety and accessibility: 2nd

75. Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville.
diovanluidi/Shutterstock

Total score: 48.49

Entertainment and food: 56th

Costs: 49th

Safety and accessibility: 97th

74. Durham, North Carolina

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Total score: 48.62

Entertainment and food: 74th

Costs: 32nd

Safety and accessibility: 56th

73. Laredo, Texas

Laredo.
Barna Tanko/Shutterstock

Total score: 48.66

Entertainment and food: 100th

Costs: 9th

Safety and accessibility: 1st

72. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge.
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Total score: 48.98

Entertainment and food: 57th

Costs: 67th

Safety and accessibility: 78th

71. Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City.
Walter Hickey / BI

Total score: 49.54

Entertainment and food: 81st

Costs: 75th

Safety and accessibility: 3rd

70. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette.
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Total score: 49.61

Entertainment and food: 75th

Costs: 33rd

Safety and accessibility: 55th

69. Fort Worth, Texas

Total score: 49.70

Entertainment and food: 67th

Costs: 77th

Safety and accessibility: 41st

68. Riverside, California

Total score: 49.89

Entertainment and food: 50th

Costs: 82nd

Safety and accessibility: 52nd

67. St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg.
Brian Lasenby/Shutterstock

Total score: 49.97

Entertainment and food: 54th

Costs: 51th

Safety and accessibility: 77th

66. Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk.
Christian Hinkle/Shutterstock

Total score: 50.01

Entertainment and food: 69th

Costs: 59th

Safety and accessibility: 45th

65. St. Paul, Minnesota

Total score: 50.11

Entertainment and food: 60th

Costs: 79th

Safety and accessibility: 30th

64. Long Beach, California

Long Beach.
Ryan Hallock/flickr

Total score: 50.97

Entertainment and food: 61st

Costs: 76th

Safety and accessibility: 17th

63. Wichita, Kansas

Wichita.
mojoeks/Shutterstock

Total score: 51.05

Entertainment and food: 71st

Costs: 19th

Safety and accessibility: 63rd

62. Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana.
sean ehrke/Shutterstock

Total score: 51.10

Entertainment and food: 46th

Costs: 86th

Safety and accessibility: 22nd

61. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City.
Josue Goge/Flickr

Total score: 51.33

Entertainment and food: 64th

Costs: 5th

Safety and accessibility: 76th

60. Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte.
Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Total score: 51.35

Entertainment and food: 55th

Costs: 66th

Safety and accessibility: 38th

59. Greensboro, North Carolina

Total score: 51.41

Entertainment and food: 79th

Costs: 8th

Safety and accessibility: 36th

58. Henderson, Nevada

Henderson.
Angel La Canfora/Shutterstock

Total score: 51.66

Entertainment and food: 62nd

Costs: 46th

Safety and accessibility: 48th

57. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque.
Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Total score: 52.02

Entertainment and food: 51st

Costs: 28th

Safety and accessibility: 95th

56. Baltimore, Maryland

Total score: 52.14

Entertainment and food: 39th

Costs: 68th

Safety and accessibility: 68th

55. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Total score: 52.35

Entertainment and food: 70th

Costs: 6th

Safety and accessibility: 91st

54. Chandler, Arizona

Total score: 52.40

Entertainment and food: 76th

Costs: 18th

Safety and accessibility: 18th

53. Detroit, Michigan

Total score: 52.56

Entertainment and food: 44th

Costs: 23rd

Safety and accessibility: 99th

52. Lincoln, Nebraska

Total score: 52.69

Entertainment and food: 73rd

Costs: 47th

Safety and accessibility: 5th

51. Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio.
Room237/Wikimedia Commons

Total score: 52.88

Entertainment and food: 36th

Costs: 44th

Safety and accessibility: 92nd

50. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs.
John Hoffman/Shutterstock

Total score: 52.90

Entertainment and food: 43rd

Costs: 65th

Safety and accessibility: 37th

49. Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh.
ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Total score: 53.69

Entertainment and food: 42nd

Costs: 42nd

Safety and accessibility: 58th

48. Columbus, Ohio

Columbus.
aceshot1/Shutterstock

Total score: 54.06

Entertainment and food: 59th

Costs: 11th

Safety and accessibility: 65th

47. Madison, Wisconsin

Total score: 54.18

Entertainment and food: 52nd

Costs: 74th

Safety and accessibility: 14th

46. Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City.
Shutterstock

Total score: 54.20

Entertainment and food: 38th

Costs: 25th

Safety and accessibility: 93rd

45. Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis.
Shutterstock

Total score: 54.34

Entertainment and food: 53rd

Costs: 4th

Safety and accessibility: 94th

44. Irvine, California

Irvine.
LagunaticPhoto/Shutterstock

Total score: 54.66

Entertainment and food: 40th

Costs: 91st

Safety and accessibility: 4th

43. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix.
Shutterstock

Total score: 54.83

Entertainment and food: 58th

Costs: 2nd

Safety and accessibility: 64th

42. Mesa, Arizona

Mesa.
Johnny Adolphson/Shutterstock

Total score: 54.99

Entertainment and food: 66th

Costs: 16th

Safety and accessibility: 19th

41. Boise, Idaho

Boise.
Charles Knowles/Shutterstock

Total score: 55.14

Entertainment and food: 68th

Costs: 12th

Safety and accessibility: 24th

40. Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis.
Alexey Stiop/Shutterstock

Total score: 55.16

Entertainment and food: 47th

Costs: 15th

Safety and accessibility: 87th

39. Sacramento, California

Sacramento.
Shutterstock

Total score: 55.20

Entertainment and food: 32nd

Costs: 38th

Safety and accessibility: 81st

38. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee.
Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock

Total score: 55.89

Entertainment and food: 35th

Costs: 20th

Safety and accessibility: 79th

37. Reno, Nevada

Reno.
James Mattil/Shutterstock

Total score: 56.04

Entertainment and food: 41st

Costs: 17th

Safety and accessibility: 51st

36. El Paso, Texas

El Paso.
Bill Chizek/Shutterstock

Total score: 57.07

Entertainment and food: 63rd

Costs: 1st

Safety and accessibility: 16th

35. Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu.
emperorcosar/Shutterstock

Total score: 57.57

Entertainment and food: 25th

Costs: 95th

Safety and accessibility: 44th

34. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach.
Brandon Lindblad/Shutterstock

Total score: 58.00

Entertainment and food: 45th

Costs: 43rd

Safety and accessibility: 10th

33. St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Total score: 59.50

Entertainment and food: 20th

Costs: 27th

Safety and accessibility: 100th

32. Tuscon, Arizona

Tuscon.
travelview/Shutterstock

Total score: 59.61

Entertainment and food: 34th

Costs: 14th

Safety and accessibility: 57th

31. Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale.
Tim Murphy/Shutterstock

Total score: 59.66

Entertainment and food: 29th

Costs: 72nd

Safety and accessibility: 21st

30. Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati.
Nelson Charette Photo/Shutterstock

Total score: 59.95

Entertainment and food: 33rd

Costs: 3rd

Safety and accessibility: 46th

29. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Total score: 60.01

Entertainment and food: 31st

Costs: 48th

Safety and accessibility: 33rd

28. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh.
mandritoiu/Shutterstock

Total score: 60.08

Entertainment and food: 30th

Costs: 60th

Safety and accessibility: 23rd

27. Portland, Oregon

Total score: 60.13

Entertainment and food: 23rd

Costs: 58th

Safety and accessibility: 74th

26. Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha.
Kyle Henderson/Shutterstock

Total score: 60.47

Entertainment and food: 37th

Costs: 7th

Safety and accessibility: 42nd

25. Nashville, Tennessee

Total score: 60.65

Entertainment and food: 17th

Costs: 50th

Safety and accessibility: 90th

24. Tampa, Florida

Total score: 61.11

Entertainment and food: 27th

Costs: 35th

Safety and accessibility: 61st

23. Houston, Texas

Houston.
Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Total score: 61.13

Entertainment and food: 26th

Costs: 40th

Safety and accessibility: 67th

22. Anaheim, California

Total score: 61.25

Entertainment and food: 28th

Costs: 62nd

Safety and accessibility: 11th

21. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston.
Jorge Salcedo/Shutterstock

Total score: 61.32

Entertainment and food: 19th

Costs: 93rd

Safety and accessibility: 8th

20. Birmingham, Alabama

Total score: 62.22

Entertainment and food: 24th

Costs: 37th

Safety and accessibility: 73rd

19. Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville.
f11photo/Shutterstock

Total score: 62.24

Entertainment and food: 22nd

Costs: 10th

Safety and accessibility: 96th

18. San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio.
f11photo / iStock

Total score: 64.06

Entertainment and food: 18th

Costs: 24th

Safety and accessibility: 69th

17. Buffalo, New York

Buffalo.
amadeustx/Shutterstock

Total score: 64.38

Entertainment and food: 21st

Costs: 45th

Safety and accessibility: 27th

16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia.
Flickr/frankieleon

Total score: 65.15

Entertainment and food: 13th

Costs: 80th

Safety and accessibility: 34th

15. Austin, Texas

Total score: 65.24

Entertainment and food: 15th

Costs: 39th

Safety and accessibility: 53rd

14. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans.
Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Total score: 65.49

Entertainment and food: 8th

Costs: 90th

Safety and accessibility: 89th

13. Denver, Colorado

Denver.
IrinaK/Shutterstock

Total score: 65.55

Entertainment and food: 16th

Costs: 36th

Safety and accessibility: 43rd

12. Dallas, Texas

Dallas.
mandritoiu/Shutterstock

Total score: 66.18

Entertainment and food: 14th

Costs: 31st

Safety and accessibility: 54th

11. Seattle, Washington

Seattle.
Peter R Wang/Shutterstock

Total score: 66.43

Entertainment and food: 12th

Costs: 87th

Safety and accessibility: 62nd

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas.
Unsplash

Total score: 68.55

Entertainment and food: 7th

Costs: 69th

Safety and accessibility: 84th

9. Washington, DC

Washington, DC.
robmbrown/Shutterstock

Total score: 69.27

Entertainment and food: 10th

Costs: 88th

Safety and accessibility: 35th

8. Miami, Florida

Miami.
Gaston De Cardenas/Reuters

Total score: 70.21

Entertainment and food: 3rd

Costs: 100th

Safety and accessibility: 72nd

7. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago.
Nat Chittamai/Shutterstock

Total score: 71.14

Entertainment and food: 9th

Costs: 70th

Safety and accessibility: 40th

6. San Diego, California

Total score: 71.51

Entertainment and food: 11th

Costs: 54th

Safety and accessibility: 39th

5. San Francisco, California

San Francisco.
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Total score: 72.52

Entertainment and food: 2nd

Costs: 97th

Safety and accessibility: 71st

4. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles.
Atmosphere1/Shutterstock

Total score: 72.63

Entertainment and food: 6th

Costs: 56th

Safety and accessibility: 47th

3. Atlanta, Georgia

Total score: 72.93

Entertainment and food: 5th

Costs: 41st

Safety and accessibility: 88th

2. Orlando, Florida

Orlando.
Robert Hoetink/Shutterstock

Total score: 76.47

Entertainment and food: 4th

Costs: 21st

Safety and accessibility: 75th

1. New York, New York

New York.
DanielW/Shutterstock

Total score: 77.23

Entertainment and food: 1st

Costs: 99th

Safety and accessibility: 6th

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