Most fun CA cities WalletHub: San Francisco, San Diego, LA


When the average American spends more than $3,400 on entertainment annually, where you live can make a difference on your wallet.

The average person spent $3,458 on entertainment in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

WalletHub’s list of the Most Fun Cities in America compared 182 cities based on entertainment and recreation, nightlife and parties, and cost to find the most fun cities in the country. The cities include the 150 most populated U.S. cities and at least two of the most populated cities in each state.

California cities claimed 29 spots on the list, with San Francisco taking fifth place and Oxnard nearly rounding out the list at 180th. San Diego placed 16th, followed by Los Angeles at 20th and Sacramento at 34th.

Las Vegas won first place overall.

“Finding a city that matches your own unique brand of fun is important,” WalletHub analyst Cassandra Happe said in the WalletHub report. “Picking a city to spend a weekend in is easy, but moving to a city where you’ll have fun on a regular basis requires more research.”

The entertainment and recreation category included the per capita number of coffee and tea shops, ice cream shops, bowling alleys, hiking trails and fitness centers, among other factors. The nightlife and parties category included the number of beer gardens per capita, the time of last call and number of casinos per capita. The average price of beer, wine and food were included in the cost factor.

Here’s the full list of California cities that made the cut and the city’s ranking:

  • 5: San Francisco

  • 16: San Diego

  • 20: Los Angeles

  • 34: Sacramento

  • 76: Oakland

  • 84: Long Beach

  • 89: Garden Grove

  • 91: Anaheim

  • 96: Bakersfield

  • 102: Huntington Beach

  • 109: Irvine

  • 112: San Jose

  • 120: Modesto

  • 129: Fresno

  • 139: Riverside

  • 141: Glendale

  • 144: San Bernardino

  • 147: Santa Ana

  • 153: Santa Clarita

  • 154: Stockton

  • 158: Oceanside

  • 160: Moreno Valley

  • 161: Ontario

  • 163: Rancho Cucamonga

  • 164: Chula Vista

  • 165: Fontana

  • 175: Fremont

  • 177: Santa Rosa

  • 180: Oxnard

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