2020’s Best Cities for Christmas – WalletHub Study


With Christmas celebrations constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic but overall holiday spending expected to increase compared to 2019, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best Places for Christmas Celebrations, as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine which cities will offer a holly jolly holiday even amid the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities based on 15 key indicators of a safe and affordable Christmas. Our data set ranges from COVID-19 cases to the availability of Christmas traditions to the city’s overall generosity.
Best Cities for Christmas
1. Durham, NC11. Sacramento, CA
2. San Jose, CA12. Virginia Beach, VA
3. Honolulu, HI13. Atlanta, GA
4. Oakland, CA14. Kansas City, MO
5. Raleigh, NC15. San Diego, CA
6. Pittsburgh, PA16. Cincinnati, OH
7. San Francisco, CA17. Cleveland, OH
8. Portland, OR18. Austin, TX
9. Plano, TX19. Madison, WI
10. Seattle, WA20. Chesapeake, VA

Key Stats

  • Miami has the most Christmas tree farms (per square root of the population), 0.024851, which is 23.2 times more than in Indianapolis, the city with the fewest at 0.001072.
  • Honolulu has the fewest COVID-19 cases in the past week per capita, 1,591.53, which is 7.1 times fewer than in Lubbock, Texas, the city with the most at 11,275.64.
  • Orlando, Florida, has the most bakeries (per square root of population), 0.356257, which is 9.4 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the fewest at 0.037850.
  • Indianapolis has the lowest average price of wine, $3.63, which is 4.1 times lower than in Seattle, the city with the highest at $14.89.
  • Seattle has the most food banks (per square root of population), 0.024190, which is 20.2 times more than in Boston, the city with the fewest at 0.001200.


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