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Kentucky named one of the least fun states in America

Well here’s a disappointing study for a very slow Tuesday afternoon: according to a study by WalletHub, Kentucky is one of the least fun states in America. The study compared all 50 states across 22 key indicators of a good time, such as number of restaurants, movie theaters, and national parks per capita. Kentucky came in 47th, ahead of only Alabama, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Woof. The most fun states? Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado, North Dakota, and New York. The Dakotas? Really?

According to the study, Kentucky has the fifth fewest restaurants per capita and the fourth lowest state and local expenditures on parks and recreation per capita; however, we are slightly better when it comes to nightlife, ranking 39th out of the 50 states in average beer and wine price, movie costs, nightlife options, access to bars, music festivals, etc. So, there!

Compare Kentucky’s “fun” rank with other states in the map below:

Source: WalletHub

Clearly, this study┬ádidn’t take basketball into consideration.


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28 Comments for Kentucky named one of the least fun states in America

  1. DelrayCat
    1:55 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    You get what you pay for. Check out all the “fun” states and big cities. The average rental is easily double or triple or more what you’d pay in a comparable KY property in LOU or LEX. To buy…it is even worse. As a reference, a Miami one bedroom condo rents for around $1800 and it is not all that nice. LA or the Bay area of Cali….$2500-3000 for an average 1 BR rental. Manhattan even more. Imagine making $100K and not even being able to get a mortgage for the cheapest, crappiest little house. So it is all relative.

    • BK
      3:59 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

      You make a good point-I have a friend who works for one of the premier companies in Silicon Valley $200k+ salary, and is not even close to being able to buy a home or rent one that’s decent size, says school system is terrible, yet not close to being able to afford private school.

  2. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:55 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    I wouldn’t put much stock into a list that ranks North and South Dakota at #2 and #4….

  3. runningunnin.454
    1:56 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Didn’t take bourbon into consideration either. And obviously, they don’t hunt and fish.

  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    1:56 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Funny how they rank “Fun” with spending money…spending money isn’t that fun to me. I have the most fun grilling out, sitting outside, praising God, and talking about UK basketball.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:37 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

      If Nevada and the Dakotas are considered “fun,” I’m fine with being boring and no fun.

  5. Rauh Gauh
    2:02 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    This is absurd hahah. It all depends on how to study defines fun. Just Like Watchutalkinboutwillis says all based on money

  6. Sentient Third Eye
    2:02 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Most of the things they rank as fun are not really for fun. They are actually just distractions to take the misery our of living in the unthinkable hell that is any large city.

    • Eazy
      11:20 am May 3, 2017 Permalink

      The Dakotas have no large cities and are both bottom 5 in population.

  7. bigtaters6957
    2:30 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Indiana,Arkansas, and the plains states are all horrid states for “fun” Nevada is 100% based off Vegas/Reno, there isnt anything thing else in that desert state. Utah has skiing in the winter, that’s about it. Idaho is terrible. Of land locked states, KY offers about as much “fun” as you can get. Bring gambling to KY and it would leap up this list.

    • oruacat2
      4:28 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

      We have more navigable waterways than any state other than Alaska, so while we may be “landlocked” away from saltwater, we’re not devoid of water-based recreation. I think people forget or aren’t aware of that factoid.

  8. henderblue
    2:33 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve never had to gamble to have fun. #6 has it right

  9. sincitycat
    2:43 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    A state that has so many dry counties as we do cannot be too much fun.

    • Booby Petrino
      3:17 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, this state would be so much more fun if we could just get drunk all the time. Hangovers, drunk driving, passing out…fun times!

    • catsarerunnin
      7:26 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

      I’m lucky to live in a wet county and Kroger is 2 minutes away. Sorry current Kroger haters and non-drinkers.

  10. Mathlete
    2:52 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    I guess there’s no way to get reliable data on “days spent mudding per capita”

  11. herm89
    2:59 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Montana as one of the most fun states? I live in Montana and there is absolutely nothing fun about 6 months of hard winter.

  12. eyebleedblue
    3:09 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Hard to believe all the warm southern states, most with lots of water to play in, are less fun than the colder ones? Study reeks of politics or at least northern influence.

    • Eazy
      11:23 am May 3, 2017 Permalink

      If that were true why would the Dakotas be in the top 5?! Both very conservative and very small populations. This study is a joke but not for the reasons you mentioned.

  13. 4everblue
    3:47 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky is less fun than Ohio and Indiana? Then why are our lakes flooded with Hoosiers and Buckeyes who know nothing about boating courtesy or safety?

    • ClutchCargo
      4:30 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

      Ha! That is so true. Maybe the part where our lakes are flooded with Hoosiers and Buckeyes who know nothing about boating courtesy or safety is what makes KY less fun?

    • runningunnin.454
      5:14 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

      They don’t know anything about hunting either. I was in a tree stand, and two idiots from Hoosierland walked by making a big racket. I asked them if they saw many deer talking, laughing, and smoking cigarettes.
      Another Hoosier shot the son of a friend of mine while they were turkey hunting; just threw the gun up and shot at movement without knowing his target. The boy had pellets around his heart and behind his eyes

  14. Meh. This is about as scientific as a movie bracket.

  15. oruacat2
    4:12 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Stupid list. Nevada has Vegas and Reno and that’s it. “Most fun cities” – maybe, but they’ve ignored that the rest of the state sucks.

    Both Dakotas? Ridiculous. You can only stare at Mount Rushmore and Wild Bill Hickok’s grave for long before the “fun” wears off, and unless you have a fetish for oil workers there’s nothing in N. Dakota.

    I’ll concede to Colorado and NY, but the rest of that list is garbage.

  16. Mattchu_da_man
    4:13 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Im not surprised law makers are too busy with alternator motives while in office to try and make that a change. Tourism has been on decline for some time now. Kentucky is just boring point blank period.

    • Eazy
      11:28 am May 3, 2017 Permalink

      Kentucky has a lot of great outdoor activities. Lakes, mountains, etc. It’s 26th in population. Lex, Lou, and Cincinnati area have plenty of nightlife. KY is better than all the plain states and most of the Midwest for sure. I’ve lived all around and KY is certainly not boring if you like sports, the outdoors, women…

  17. CPACAT
    4:35 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Any list that puts the words “North Dakota” and “Fun” in the same sentence is discredited immediately! Flat as a board, absolutely intolerable for 5 months of the year, no big cities of any significance.

    They do have the country’s tallest freestanding TV tower…if you are into that kind of thing…KVLY TV tower is 2063 ft tall.

  18. Suffering Fools
    5:48 am May 3, 2017 Permalink

    Also our state parks, which are numerous, are among the best in the nation. Who needs national parks?