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Texas scored 46.83 out of 100 on a new analysis by the personal finance website WalletHub to determine which states offer the most entertainment, recreation and amusement options for their residents.

The score earned by Texas was the eighth highest among the 50 states, according to WalletHub. The state was also ranked eighth in the category of entertainment and recreation and 12th in nightlife options, according to researchers.

In terms of restaurants per capita, Texas was tied for first among the 50 states, and it was also tied for first in the category of movie theaters per capita. In addition, the state had the fourth highest number of fitness centers per capita, according to the study.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic hobbled Americans’ ability to enjoy recreation and amusements, the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines has increased the number of diversions available to the public, according to WalletHub.

The analysis consisted of rankings in 26 categories, including the cost of seeing a movie and accessibility to gaming casinos and national parks, the study said.

Which States Rank Highest on the Fun Meter

Overall Rank State Total Score Entertainment & Recreation Nightlife
1 California 60.81 1 5
2 Florida 58.09 2 8
3 Nevada 56.24 4 1
4 New York 55.61 3 4
5 Illinois 53.71 5 3
6 Colorado 49.14 6 11
7 Washington 46.99 7 13
8 Texas 46.83 8 12
9 Minnesota 46.82 9 7
10 Pennsylvania 42.47 11 9
11 Oregon 41.39 10 15
12 Louisiana 41.28 18 6
13 Ohio 39.91 17 10
14 Missouri 39.59 14 14
15 Wisconsin 39.53 24 2
16 Arizona 39.04 12 24
17 Maryland 38.49 13 25
18 North Carolina 37.22 15 27
19 Michigan 36.77 19 22
20 Hawaii 35.62 16 37
21 New Mexico 35.28 20 26
22 South Carolina 34.38 21 32
23 Massachusetts 34.06 25 23
24 Georgia 33.96 22 36
25 Oklahoma 33.78 26 21
26 Tennessee 33.24 29 18
27 Utah 32.49 23 47
28 Idaho 31.81 27 31
29 Virginia 31.09 28 35
30 New Jersey 31.01 30 30
31 South Dakota 30.81 34 16
32 Iowa 30.05 37 17
33 Alaska 29.42 32 42
34 Wyoming 29.38 31 45
35 North Dakota 28.74 33 29
36 Nebraska 28.57 36 28
37 Montana 28.36 42 19
38 Indiana 28.05 40 20
39 New Hampshire 26.86 38 40
40 Maine 26.83 35 44
41 Kansas 26.58 39 33
42 Kentucky 25.6 41 39
43 Connecticut 24.37 43 41
44 Alabama 23.41 44 43
45 Vermont 21.45 45 38
46 Rhode Island 19.78 47 34
47 Arkansas 19.49 46 48
48 Delaware 15.87 48 50
49 Mississippi 14.82 50 46
50 West Virginia 14.67 49 49

Source: WalletHub.com

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