Two California cities ranked among the best US cities in 2022 to stay, according to a new report from financial website WalletHub.
San Francisco ranked seventh on WalletHub’s list, while San Diego took ninth place. WalletHub compared 182 US cities in 44 categories to compile the list.
Honolulu, Hawaii, Orlando, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Portland, Maine were the top five cities on the list.
A total of 29 California cities make the list, including Los Angeles (25) and Sacramento (44). Santa Rosa was ranked 154 and was eclipsed by cities like San Jose (120), Modesto (125), Fresno (130), Stockton (136) and Oakland (137). Last year, WalletHub ranked Santa Rosa as the 10th happiest city in America. Earlier this year, Santa Rosa fell four spots on this list to 14th happiest city.
To compile the rankings, WalletHub collected data related to each city’s leisure, dining, entertainment, rest and relaxation options per capita. These categories were broken down into 44 additional metrics such as nightlife options, restaurant diversity, average cocktail prices, massage costs, miles of bike paths available, and quality of summer weather.
Each metric was scored on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for staycationers. San Francisco scored 52.90 points and San Diego scored 51.83 points. By comparison, Santa Rosa scored 30.97 points.
Staycations – the concept of taking vacations while staying at home – have become more popular than ever in the past two years due to COVID-19, and a recent New York Times article suggests the trend will continue in 2022 due to inflation, global uncertainty, supply chain constraints and COVID-19 infection rates.
Looking for vacation ideas near you? Check out The Press Democrat’s gallery of 32 inspiring North Coast vacation ideas.