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2018's Most fun cities in the Tri-state area

September 19, 2018 - 1:46 pm
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by Erica Brosnan

Sure, New York City can seem like a nightmare on some days, but most people tend to agree – it’s a fun place to live.

It’s so fun, in fact, it ranks in the top 10 on WalletHub’s list of “Most Fun Cities in America.”

It’s not surprising that the “city that never sleeps” managed to rank so high, especially when nightlife is a scoring factor. It’s also the largest metropolitan area in America, home to almost 21 million people who speak over 200 languages.

The Big Apple is a spectacle in itself, but you don’t have to live within the five boroughs to know how to have a good time.

You might even be surprised to learn what other fun cities are just a few miles away.

6. Bridgeport, CT

Ranked No. 180 of 182 U.S. cities, Bridgeport just makes the cut. The small city in southern Connecticut is among one of the safest places to live in the state, with some of the best nightlife. Ask any local and they will most likely direct you to the Black Rock section of the city for some good food, great bars and plenty of fun things to do.

5. Yonkers, NY

Head north of the five boroughs and you’ll land in Yonkers, the 177th most fun city to live in, according to WalletHub. From museums to riverfront parks, the city is full of amazing sights to see at any time of the day. And not to mention, the city holds its own film festival every October. It's hard to be bored in a city with such vibrant art and bold food choices.

4. New Haven, CT

Head east from Bridgeport and you’ll land in another fun Connecticut city: New Haven. It’s home to the Ivy League Yale University, meaning there’s plenty of historic buildings to tour and fun things for college-aged visitors to do. Check out a schedule of plays at the Yale Repertory Theatre, hear live music where Bob Dylan once performed or take part in the city’s great debate: which eatery makes the best signature New Haven pizza.

3. Jersey City, NJ

Head through the Holland Tunnel and you’ll find yourself in Jersey City, which ranks No. 114 on WalletHub’s list. It’s been named the most diverse city in America and highlights dozens of different cultures everywhere from the restaurants to the retail stores. Locals will tell you to check out the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway to take in some great views or RPM Raceway for some thrilling rides and games.

2. Newark, NJ

Don’t exclude Jersey City’s neighbor from the fun just yet. Newark is home to some of the best nightlife in the county and plenty of native New Yorkers find themselves in the area to visit the Prudential Center every year. It makes WalletHub’s list at No. 104.

1. New York, NY

The Big Apple ranks No. 3 on the list – behind Las Vegas, NV and Orlando, FL – and it’s not hard to see why. New York City has the most restaurants, playgrounds, and accessible bars per capita in comparison to every other city in America. It’s home to dozens of museums, music venues and bars, ranking No. 1 for entertainment and recreation– even without a slew of amusement parks and casinos.