With 2018 fading fast and New Year’s Eve around the corner, the majority of Americans will be spending up to $200 each on the occasion, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub. That’s an awful lot of party hats and streamers or is it more than that?

The website recently released its report on 2018’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve Celebrations along with its 50+ New Year’s Eve Facts. to offer more in-sight into the annual festivities.

Also to help ring in the New Year without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities across 28 key metrics. The data set ranges from legality of fireworks to average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket to forecasted precipitation for Dec. 31.

As you read on you will see that New Year’s Eve is big business for well, businesses. Things add up fast from dinner to dancing, raising a champage glass, limos, and whatever else you might want at your disposal to welcome 2019. Some cities do it bigger than others but rest assured ringing in the New Year isn’t cheap. Perhaps that’s why many opt to say inside and watch the famous ball drop in NYC’s Times Square.

Of course it is personal preference but here are the stats in case you’re curious as to which cities are best for celebrating New Year’s Eve:

Best Cities for New Year’s Eve
1 New York, NY   11 Miami, FL
2 Los Angeles, CA   12 New Orleans, LA
3 Atlanta, GA   13 Philadelphia, PA
4 San Diego, CA   14 Birmingham, AL
5 Las Vegas, NV   15 Seattle, WA
6 Denver, CO   16 San Antonio, TX
7 Orlando, FL   17 Dallas, TX
8 Chicago, IL   18 Louisville, KY
9 Washington, DC   19 Nashville, TN
10 San Francisco, CA   20 Virginia Beach, VA

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit here

Fun New Year’s facts: traditions, spending and more

  • $1.1 Billion : Estimated cost of New Year’s air travel, with at least 6.4 million people expected to pay an average of $165 for a round-trip ticket.
  • 8 in 10 Americans : Spend less than $200 on New Year’s Eve.
  • $758 : Difference in the cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show on New Year’s Eve in the most expensive (New York) and least expensive (Philadelphia) cities.
  • 360+ Million : Glasses of sparkling wine are drunk each New Year’s Eve. To view more please visit: here

Regardless of where or how you spend New Year’s Eve be sure you stay safe and if you plan to have a drink or two, it might be wise to assign a designated driver to make sure you get home without any troubles.

Happy New Year’s and welcome 2019!