No place like our home for the holidays, WalletHub analysis finds

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Thanksgiving - By the Numbers

Of the 100 most populated cities in the U.S., Atlanta came out on top as a Thanksgiving destination

Instead of heading out of town for Thanksgiving at your in-laws’ house, consider having them come to Atlanta instead. After all, WalletHub found, we’re the place to be for the holiday.

To determine the best places to go for Thanksgiving, the financial website compared 100 of the most populated U.S. cities across five key dimensions: Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions, affordability, safety and accessibility, giving thanks and the Thanksgiving weather forecast.

It then evaluated those dimensions using 20 relevant metrics, each of which was was graded on a 100 point scale, with 100 representing the most favorable conditions. Only the “city proper” was considered in each case, and cities in the surrounding metro area were excluded.

When the scores were tallied, Atlanta was the winner, winner, turkey dinner, with a score of 71.05. In fact, we were the only city to score in the 70s. For each key dimension, Atlanta finished:

Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions: No. 1

Affordability: No. 36

Safety and accessibility: No. 95

Giving thanks: No. 1

Thanksgiving weather forecast: No. 3

Everything else is just gravy. Georgia’s capital was tops for Thanksgiving events per capita, tied for first for the highest number of holiday decoration shops per capita and No. 3 for highest giving ratio.

Rounding out the top five were Orlando; Scottsdale, Arizona; Miami; and Raleigh, North Carolina, in that order.

Our picks this week

‘Tis the season, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is your No. 1 source for things to do, see and eat through all of the holidays.

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For our full coverage of holiday events around metro Atlanta, check out the AJC’s Atlanta Winter Guide.

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