It is widely known that the best cities to live in have a variety of leisure activities that are easily accessible. Having a park or city square nearby significantly increases the value of a home. WalletHub compared 100 different cities based on recreation friendliness. By comparing living costs, accessibility of entertainment, parks, weather, and recreational facilities, it was determined that New Orleans landed a spot in the top 10!
In order to yield the most accurate results possible, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated U.S. cities over four different categories. The categories included costs, entertainment and recreational facilities, parks and their quality, and weather. Each city was rated on a 100-point scale, 100 being the best possible score. New Orleans came in at number 10, with a score of 53.45, just under St. Louis, MO. To read about the methodology in detail, visit their website at wallethub.com.
It's obvious that New Orleans has much to offer on the frontier of fun! The daily activities that take place in Audubon Park alone could account for a whole week's worth of fun! But once you get tired of basking under oak trees, roller skating, and doing crafts in the grass, there are hundreds of other recreational activities to partake in. Some subcategories that determined the cities rankings included zoos and aquariums, boat tours and water sports, and ice cream and frozen yogurt shops. At the risk of sounding boastful, New Orleans pretty much aces all of these categories. Awesome zoo and aquarium, check. Swamp tours and bayou kayaking, check. Sno-balls in the summer, check! So not that anyone needed a reminder, but the results are in—New Orleans remains one of the best cities to live in.