As we’ve learned this week, there are plenty of ways to ring in the new year in Atlanta, with the newly relocated Peach Drop, a party on top of Ponce City Market, or a celebration at the Battery, to name a few.
With such a wide range of entertainment and dining options, coupled with reasonable costs, researchers say Atlanta is one of the best places in the country to celebrate the start of 2018.
According to a study by WalletHub, Atlanta lands at number three of the top 100 places to party on Dec. 31, after New York and Orlando.
Despite landing lower on the list for “safety and accessibility” than most of the competition, general affordability compared to large cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami outweighed the negatives.
Factors included hotel room costs, the number of major New Year’s Eve events in the city, nightlife and dining options, and even the typical duration of fireworks displays during previous celebrations.
And after the New Year’s bacchanalia, Atlanta also happens to be one of the best cities for maintaining those new year’s resolutions, per other research.
Another WalletHub study ranks Atlanta at 14 out of 182 cities across the country for keeping resolutions. While Atlanta was out-maneuvered by health-conscious West Coast cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego, the ATL ranked highly for “relationship resolutions” and for resolutions relating to school and work.
The study looked at factors like obesity rates, access to healthy foods, income growth potential, home affordability, school rankings, and job security.
Overall, it looks like Atlanta for New Year’s is the place to be.