2024’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations – WalletHub Study

With around 82% of Americans planning to travel this summer and high expenses forcing many people to stay home, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2024’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, as well as expert commentary.

WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 42 key indicators of an exciting yet wallet-friendly staycation. Our data set ranges from parks and museums per capita to restaurant-meal costs.

Best Cities for Staycations Worst Cities for Staycations
1. Orlando, FL 173. Moreno Valley, CA
2. Honolulu, HI 174. Santa Ana, CA
3. Cincinnati, OH 175. Hialeah, FL
4. Las Vegas, NV 176. Laredo, TX
5. Tampa, FL 177. Santa Clarita, CA
6. Chicago, IL 178. Yonkers, NY
7. San Diego, CA 179. Chula Vista, CA
8. Atlanta, GA 180. Pearl City, HI
9. New Orleans, LA 181. Irving, TX
10. Tucson, AZ 182. Fremont, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • St. Louis, Missouri has the most zoos & aquariums (per square root of population), which is 23.2 times more than in Phoenix, Arizona, the city with the fewest.
  • New York has the most parks (per square root of population), which is 49.9 times more than in San Francisco, California, the city with the fewest.
  • Des Moines, Iowa, has the lowest cost of house-cleaning services, which is 4.1 times less expensive than in Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest.