The 20 best US cities to celebrate New Year’s Eve, ranked

New York City on New Year’s Eve. Brad Barket/Getty Images

If you’re looking for an affordable place with tons of festive attractions to ring in the new year, here are 20 cities to add to your list.

WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities in the US across 28 metrics to determine the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

The 28 metrics fall under three main umbrella categories:

  • Entertainment and food (restaurants per capita, music venues per capita, legality of fireworks, etc.)
  • Costs (average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket, taxi fare cost, average alcoholic beverage cost, etc.)
  • Safety and accessibility (walkability, neighbourhood security, traffic congestion, etc.)

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale (100 being the best conditions for New Year’s Eve partiers). WalletHub then determined the weighted average across all metrics to calculate a total score for each city.

Here are the 20 best cities to count down to 2020 – as well as how they ranked in each of the three categories.

20. Louisville, Kentucky

Fireworks in Louisville. Jacek Jasinski/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food rank: 23

Costs rank: 47

Safety and accessibility rank: 56

Total score: 54.88

19. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fireworks over Loring Park in Minneapolis. Sam Wagner/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 26

Costs: 71

Safety and accessibility: 13

Total score: 54.96

18. Birmingham, Alabama

Downtown Birmingham. ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Birmingham is home to low-cost, three-star hotel rooms on New Year’s Eve. Only Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has cheaper rooms, according to WalletHub.

Entertainment and food: 25

Costs: 1

Safety and accessibility: 97

Total score: 56.15

17. Seattle, Washington

New Year’s Eve in Seattle. Chris Kontoravdis/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 12

Costs: 87

Safety and accessibility: 86

Total score: 56.96

16. Buffalo, New York

Downtown Buffalo, New York, during early winter snow. Atomazul/Shutterstock

Buffalo came second for the lowest average price per New Year’s Eve party ticket, only second to Durham, North Carolina.

Entertainment and food: 22

Costs: 28

Safety and accessibility: 28

Total score: 58.21

15. Dallas, Texas

Dallas at night. Alissala/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 16

Costs: 25

Safety and accessibility: 78

Total score: 58.48

14. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans nightlife. Shutterstock / Jorg Hackemann

Entertainment and food: 11

Costs: 72

Safety and accessibility: 92

Total score: 59.33

13. San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio’s river walk. cheng cheng/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 18

Costs: 22

Safety and accessibility: 59

Total score: 59.66

12. Washington, DC

The Washington Monument lit up by fireworks. robmbrown/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 10

Costs: 91

Safety and accessibility: 43

Total score: 60.34

11. Chicago, Illinois

Skating in downtown Chicago. MarynaG/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 14

Costs: 78

Safety and accessibility: 40

Total score: 60.55

10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fireworks in Philadelphia. gary718/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 13

Costs: 70

Safety and accessibility: 55

Total score: 61.30

9. Miami, Florida

The Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Miami Beach

After New York and San Francisco, Miami has the most restaurants per capita. The costs of its hotel rooms and party tickets are among the highest in the country, though.

Entertainment and food: 7

Costs: 95

Safety and accessibility: 42

Total score: 62.04

8. San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Bridge on New Year’s Eve. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Entertainment and food: 2

Costs: 98

Safety and accessibility: 52

Total score: 62.59

7. Orlando, Florida

Fireworks at Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

Entertainment and food: 6

Costs: 48

Safety and accessibility: 99

Total score: 63.21

6. Atlanta, Georgia

Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. Eugene Buchko/Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 5

Costs: 59

Safety and accessibility: 87

Total score: 64.20

5. Los Angeles, California

A New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Samsung

Entertainment and food: 3

Costs: 83

Safety and accessibility: 54

Total score: 65.98

4. San Diego, California

Palm trees in San Diego. Dancestrokes / Shutterstock

Entertainment and food: 9

Costs: 67

Safety and accessibility: 12

Total score: 66.42

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

A New Year’s Eve party in Las Vegas. Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Drai’s Beachclub-Nightclub

Entertainment and food: 4

Costs: 80

Safety and accessibility: 33

Total score: 67.47

2. Denver, Colorado

A New Year’s Eve light show in Denver, Colorado. David Zalubowski/AP

Entertainment and food: 8

Costs: 36

Safety and accessibility: 36

Total score: 67.71

1. New York, New York

New Year’s Eve in Times Square, New York City. Simon Dux Media/Shutterstock

New York tied with Las Vegas for the most nightlife options per capita. It also has the most restaurants per capita and the most luxury shops and gourmet-food stores per capita, according to WalletHub.

Entertainment and food: 1

Costs: 100

Safety and accessibility: 21

Total score: 67.79