Maine Ranked Most Fun State in New England

Massachusetts lags behind at the back of the pack.

Photo by Kyle Clauss on Flickr/Creative Commons

Harpswell, Maine. Photo by Kyle Clauss on Flickr/Creative Commons

They don’t call it Vacationland for nothing.

Maine was ranked the most fun state in New England and 11th most fun nationwide, according to a new report by personal finance social network WalletHub. Maine had the second-most restaurants per capita, and the fifth-most golf courses and country clubs per capita.

Vermont came in a close second at 14th, followed by New Hampshire at 19th and Rhode Island, 24th. Though it boasted the most fitness centers per capita, Massachusetts only ranked 26th nationwide, and the second-least fun behind dull ol’ Connecticut.

To compile their rankings, WalletHub compares all 50 states using 22 metrics across two categories: entertainment and recreation (restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, movie theaters, skiing facilities, and beach access) and nightlife (average price of beer and wine, music festivals per capita, performing arts theaters per capita).

Perhaps buoyed by Las Vegas and its two, shiny new professional sports franchises, Nevada was named the most fun state in America. Mississippi, on the other hand, was ranked the least fun.

You can read WalletHub’s full report here.