The fun has been had, in dozens of ways, and all the numbers have been crunched. If your goal in life is always to have fun, you should live in Illinois.

Illinois is One of the Most Fun States in America

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If you disagree, you're not paying attention. If you're not having fun living in Illinois, you need to start Googling the right things to do, then you need to put your phone down and do them.

If you're not finding some joy in this life, I really challenge you to look a little harder. This life is filled with fun and joy around every corner, you're just not opening yourself up enough to see it. It won't always be a great big joy and that's fine, it's more gratifying to have many smaller joys.

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To come up with this list of FUN states, I read that WalletHub used 65 different metrics in the following three categories: entertainment and recreation, nightlife and parties, and overall costs.

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  • Illinois ranked #2 in the number of restaurants per capita (Texas, Florida, California, and New York were tied at #1)
  • Illinois ranked #4 in the number of performing arts venues per capita.
  • Illinois ranked #4 in nightlife
  • Illinois ranked #5 in entertainment and recreation
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Illinois Ranks 5th Overall for Most Fun States in America

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. New York
  5. Illinois
  6. Colorado
  7. Washington
  8. Texas
  9. Minnesota
  10. Louisiana
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