Which Cities Are Best at Celebrating Thanksgiving?

A recent study ranked U.S. cities by comparing data around costs, weather, safety, accessibility and more.

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Last November, many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving via video or at home with immediate family. This year, with vaccinations and booster shots in their arms, many will be returning to their holiday traditions, gathering in larger groups and traveling to get there.

While few would dispute that the best place to observe the holiday is with friends and family, some cities are just better at celebrating Thanksgiving than others. A WalletHub study scored the 100 largest cities in the United States on 20 metrics over five categories to achieve an overall ranking.

The “celebrations and traditions” category measured the number of community celebrations, the number of holiday shops, and internet searches on the subject. “Cost and affordability” covered the local price of turkey and the trimmings, and the number of affordable quality restaurants and hotels available in each city.

Vaccination rates were addressed in the “safety and accessibility” category, as was crime, pedestrian and auto safety, and flight delays and traffic. The “giving thanks” category was based on volunteer opportunities and activity, plus a tally of charitable organizations and contributions. Finally, a “weather” score was determined by comparing typical Thanksgiving temperature and precipitation against the national average.

If you’re in Laredo, Texas, turkey and trimmings will cost the least; in San Francisco, the most. Baltimore topped all cities for per capita hours of volunteer work, while New York City residents gave the least time. And if you really need your pie, know that among the cities on the list, Miami has the most pumpkin patches and Tampa, Fla., the fewest.

In this week’s chart you’ll find WalletHub’s 10 best and 10 worst cities for Thanksgiving, as well as the two categories which most hurt or helped each city reach its final spot.

The Best and Worst Cities For Celebrating Thanksgiving

A WalletHub study ranked the largest U.S. cities by comparing categories of attributes that would make them a better or worse place to celebrate the holiday. The results and the categories that most helped or hurt each area are shown below.

BEST

WORST

Atlanta

Celebrations/traditions (1st in category)

Giving thanks (1st in category)

Orlando, Fla.

Celebrations/traditions (3rd)

Weather (11th)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Celebrations/traditions (4th)

Affordability (9th)

Miami

Celebrations/traditions (2nd)

Weather (29th)

Raleigh, N.C.

Affordability (3rd)

Safety/accessibility (6th)

Virginia Beach

Affordability (11th)

Safety/accessibility (13th)

Las Vegas

Celebrations/traditions (7th)

Affordability (8th)

Tampa, Fla.

Celebrations/traditions (6th)

Weather (11th)

Greensboro, N.C.

Weather (7th)

Celebrations/traditions (13th)

Louisville, Ky.

Affordability (4th)

Weather (9th)

Albuquerque

Safety/accessibility (99th in category)

Giving thanks (91st in category)

Toledo, Ohio

Weather (95th)

Celebrations/traditions (94th)

Lubbock, Tex.

Safety/accessibility (97th)

Affordability (89th)

Kansas City, Mo.

Celebrations/traditions (88th)

Safety/accessibility (87th)

Stockton, Calif.

Giving thanks (98th)

Affordability (96th)

Hialeah, Fla.

Affordability (100th)

Celebrations/traditions (80th)

Anchorage

Giving thanks (94th)

Affordability and Weather (each 91st)

Newark

Affordability (97th)

Celebrations/traditions (87th)

Detroit

Weather (92nd)

Safety/accessibility (88th)

San Bernardino, Calif.

Celebrations/traditions (98th)

Safety/accessibility (98th)

BEST

Atlanta

Celebrations/traditions (1st in category)

Giving thanks (1st in category)

Orlando, Fla.

Celebrations/traditions (3rd)

Weather (11th)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Celebrations/traditions (4th)

Affordability (9th)

Miami

Celebrations/traditions (2nd)

Weather (29th)

Raleigh, N.C.

Affordability (3rd)

Safety/accessibility (6th)

Virginia Beach

Affordability (11th)

Safety/accessibility (13th)

Las Vegas

Celebrations/traditions (7th)

Affordability (8th)

Tampa, Fla.

Celebrations/traditions (6th)

Weather (11th)

Greensboro, N.C.

Weather (7th)

Celebrations/traditions (13th)

Louisville, Ky.

Affordability (4th)

Weather (9th)

WORST

Albuquerque

Safety/accessibility (99th in category)

Giving thanks (91st in category)

Toledo, Ohio

Weather (95th)

Celebrations/traditions (94th)

Lubbock, Tex.

Safety/accessibility (97th)

Affordability (89th)

Kansas City, Mo.

Celebrations/traditions (88th)

Safety/accessibility (87th)

Stockton, Calif.

Giving thanks (98th)

Affordability (96th)

Hialeah, Fla.

Affordability (100th)

Celebrations/traditions (80th)

Anchorage

Giving thanks (94th)

Affordability and Weather (each 91st)

Newark

Affordability (97th)

Celebrations/traditions (87th)

Detroit

Weather (92nd)

Safety/accessibility (88th)

San Bernardino, Calif.

Celebrations/traditions (98th)

Safety/accessibility (98th)

Source: WalletHub

By The New York Times

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