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Best and Worst cities for 4th of July holiday

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This is a news release from WalletHub

With Fourth of July just around the corner and holiday spending expected to rise significantly compared to 2013, the leading personal finance social media network WalletHub today announced its rankings for 2014's Best & Worst Cities for 4th of July Celebrations.

With cost-effective festivities in mind, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities in the United States based on how well they balance cost and fun. We used 14 key metrics to explore a number of different factors, including the number of food establishments, fireworks laws, attractions, weather and more in each city. By doing so, consumers planning to travel for the Fourth can effectively plan their celebrations while spending less. Below is a brief overview of our findings.
 

 

Top 10 Cities

 

Bottom 10 Cities

 

1

Richmond, Virginia

 

41

Corpus Christi, Texas

 

2

Irvine, California

 

42

Chesapeake, Virginia

 

3

Cincinnati, Ohio

 

43

Louisville, Kentucky

 

4

Oakland, California

 

44

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

5

Washington, District of Columbia

 

45

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 

6

Fremont, California

 

46

Toledo, Ohio

 

7

San Bernardino, California

 

47

Lubbock, Texas

 

8

Irving, Texas

 

48

Greensboro, North Carolina

 

9

Long Beach, California

 

49

Anchorage, Alaska

 

10

Riverside, California

 

50

Durham, North Carolina

 
Key Stats

  • Jersey City, NJ, has 120 times more accommodation and food services establishments per capita than Laredo, TX.
  • The price of a three-star hotel room is six times higher in Virginia Beach, VA, than in Glendale, AZ or Jacksonville, FL.
  • In cities such as Richmond, VA, Cleveland, OH, Kansas City, MO, Indianapolis, IN, the traffic congestion is 3.5 times lower than in Los Angeles, CA.
  • New York's walking score is four times better than Chesapeake, VA's.
  • Cleveland, OH, has 42 times more public swimming pools per capita than Forth Worth, TX.

To see where your city ranks and for July 4th money-saving tips, please visit: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-july-4th/4651/