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:

 

Source: WalletHub

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.
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    Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.