Baseball fans near Petco Park
Baseball fans return to bars and restaurants surrounding Petco Park in May. REUTERS/Mike Blake

California ranks as the most fun state in America, beating even Nevada and Florida, in a study this month by the personal-finance website WalletHub.

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

California came in first, Florida second and Nevada third. Arch rival Texas came in a distant eighth, suggesting that low taxes are not synonymous with fun.

The Golden State ranked first nationally for five metrics — restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, performing-arts centers and fitness centers per capita.

“There are certain states where fun is not just an option but also a way of life,” WalletHub remarked.

Not into fun? Consider moving to West Virginia or Mississippi, which ranked last and next-to-last. But at least living costs are low in those states.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.