Atlanta among top 5 U.S. cities for celebrating New Year’s Eve

WalletHub analysis ranks food and entertainment, safety and more

No. 1New York City.No. 2Las Vegas.No. 3Orlando.No. 4Atlanta.No. 5Miami

New York City might get all the attention on New Year’s Eve, with networks broadcasting live from Times Square, but Atlanta is a better place to be in some respects.

Financial website WalletHub compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across three key dimensions — entertainment and food, costs, and safety and accessibility — to determine the best spots for celebrating New Year’s Eve.

Wallethub then evaluated those dimensions using 28 relevant metrics, each of which was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for New Year’s Eve partiers.

Sure, New York City finished on top, with score of 67.50. Las Vegas was a close second with 67.39 points, followed by Orlando with 66.50.

In the fourth spot was the ATL, with 66.03.

The good news is Atlanta was No. 2 overall for entertainment and food, helped by our first-place finish for legality of fireworks.

The bad news is more than half the cities in WalletHub’s analysis can celebrate cheaper than Atlanta can. Despite our No. 1 ranking for availability of affordable fine dining, we were No. 26 for restaurant meal costs and No. 30 for average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket.

Even worse, Atlanta was near the bottom — No. 96 — for safety and accessibility. We were No. 1 for forecasted precipitation on New Year’s Eve, No. 34 for walkability and No. 48 for traffic congestion.

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