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These North Texas cities ranked among worst in the country for staycation, report says

The Lone Star State performed better in last year’s staycation study.

If you’re aching for a staycation, get out of North Texas. At least, that’s what one WalletHub study suggests.

Staycation, a portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation,” describes just that: remaining at home for rest and leisure rather than traveling.

In the personal finance website’s study of 180 cities, North Texas municipalities didn’t rank very high.

Forty-six indicators were used to rank more than 180 cities in WalletHub’s 2021 “Best & Worst Cities for Staycations.”

Cities were evaluated using these metrics, which included the number of parks and trails per capita, walkability, restaurant-meal costs, basketball hoops per capita and local vaccination rates.

Here’s a look at how the northern part of the Lone Star State did:

Dallas made it into the top half of the cities studied, but not by much — it ranked No. 72 out of the 180 cities.

Plano didn’t fare much better, coming in at 75th place. Other suburbs did poorly, too: Grand Prairie came in at 162, followed by Arlington and Irving at 164 and 166.

Fort Worth performed better than most North Texas suburbs but far worse than Dallas. It ranked 132 out of 180 cities.

But what tanked Cowtown’s ranking? Well, for starters, it doesn’t have many swimming pools per capita. It ranked No. 91 in that category.

Irving was among the cities studied that has the fewest tennis courts per capita.

One of the metrics bogging down Grand Prairie was a low number of spas per capita compared with other cities in the study.

Garland was ranked as the worst city in Texas for a staycation — despite its evolving downtown district, 2,880 acres of park land, a vibrant community theatre and a waterpark, to name a few attractions.

Perhaps the study’s authors still associate it with the movie Zombieland.

These rankings may come as a disappointment to North Texans, who boasted better results in Wallethub’s 2020 staycation study.

Last year, Plano was ranked by the company as the top city in the nation for staycations, with nearby Grand Prairie coming in at a respectable No. 8.

The full Wallethub report is available online.

Francesca D’Annunzio, Special Contributor. Francesca is a freelancer covering the D-FW suburbs. She is a 2016 graduate of Allen High School and a 2021 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied liberal arts, journalism and Arabic.

francesca.dannunzio@gmail.com
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