WORCESTER – If you’re not planning on leaving the Heart of the Commonwealth this summer, you may be in for a long few months.
According to the data experts at WalletHub, Worcester isn’t the best city for a stay at home vacation or “staycation.”
In their latest report — 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations — Wallethub ranks Worcester #171 out of 182 cities studied for their potential of a fun-filled, but wallet-friendly stay at home vacation.
WalletHub measured each city on 43 key indicators — from movie and bowling costs to spas and wellness centers per capita to cost of house-cleaning services — across three categories: recreation, food & entertainment, and rest & relaxation. Worcester ranked in each of those categories #123, #157 and #165, respectively.
Among New England cities, Worcester did rank better than Nashua, NH; Lewiston, ME and Brigeport, CT.
To see how Worcester compared to the rest of New England and other cities in the U.S., check out the map below:
Best vs. Worst
- Orlando, Florida, has the most zoos & aquariums (per square root of population), 0.0135, 45 times more than in New York, the city with the fewest at 0.0003.
- Portland, Maine has the most parks (per square root of population), 1.2931, 21 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0616.
- Honolulu has the most tennis courts (per square root of population), 0.3495, 24.1 times more than in Gilbert, Arizona, the city with the fewest at 0.0145.
- North Las Vegas, Nevada, has the lowest cost of house-cleaning services, $73, 7.1 times less expensive than in St. Paul, Minnesota, the city with the highest at $518.