Pennsylvania ranked 9th as ‘fun’ state

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — Wico van Genderen is pleased Pennsylvania is ranked 9th as a “fun” state. But the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce president/CEO finds it hard to believe the Keystone State didn’t rank higher.

“I have actually been to all 50 states and I am surprised Pennsylvania is not higher on the fun list,” van Genderen said.

He was reacting to a recent report by WalletHub on 2018’s Most Fun States, which takes into account a wide range of leisure-related pursuits.

Pennsylvania is ranked 9th, behind California (1st), New York, Nevada, Florida, Illinois, Washington, Texas and Colorado.

Here’s how the WalletHub study ranked Pennsylvania against the other 49 states (25 being average):

• 6th – Restaurants per capita

• 8th – Movie theaters per capita

• 7th – Golf courses and country clubs per capita

•8th – Amusement parks per capita

• 6th – Performing arts theaters per capita

• 7th – Fitness centers per capita

• 29th – Access to national parks

• 26th – Casinos per capita

Janet Hall, executive director at the Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the county has become a destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. And with the completion of the Delaware and Lehigh Trail system from Bucks County to Wilkes-Barre, the area is going to become even more popular, she predicts.

Hall pointed to a recent addition to the things-to-do list in Luzerne County — the Beer, Wine and Shine Trail on — that she said appeals to all generations looking for fun.

“When you look at all the things to do here — rafting, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, boating, golfing, gambling — this area really does have something for everyone,” Hall said.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.

WalletHub is a website that offers free credit scores and full credit reports that are updated on a daily basis. It is based in Washington, D.C.

By Bill O’Boyle

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Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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