The Best US Cities for Celebrating Halloween
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The Big Apple is the place to be this Halloween, according to research from WalletHub.
The website analyzed more than a dozen key metrics across the 100 largest U.S. cities in an effort to determine the destinations that are most conducive to celebrating Halloween.
Boasting the top ranking for both "safety and surroundings" and "Halloween weather," New York ran away with the top spot, receiving a score of 64.78. No other city received a score higher than 60.
Nearby Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey, finished second and third, respectively. Both cities tied for fourth in Halloween weather, but Jersey City's sixth-place ranking for safety and surroundings was enough to best Newark's 11th-ranked "parties and activities."
While the New York metropolitan area dominates the top of the list this year, the Southwest is also well represented in the top 10.
Gilbert, Arizona, and Laredo, Texas, round out the top five, with each boasting top-five safety and surroundings. In addition to possessing the second-lowest crime rate behind only Irvine, California, Gilbert benefits from a large percentage of its population being aged 14 or younger.
Laredo boasts the highest percentage of youngsters among the 100 cities WalletHub studied.
It should be noted that Irving, Garland and Plano, Texas also finished inside the top 10.
Meanwhile, Anchorage, Alaska; Honolulu; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Omaha, Nebraska and Seattle are the five best U.S. cities when it comes to saving money on a Halloween party ticket, with those places possessing the lowest average ticket price.
But if it's costume selection you're looking for, Orlando, Florida; Atlanta; Cincinnati; New Orleans and Las Vegas boast the highest number of costume stores per capita. Cincinnati and Orlando also claim some of the highest numbers of candy stores per capita, solidifying their status as elite Halloween destinations.
Here's how the complete list breaks down, courtesy of WalletHub.
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