Thanksgiving is one of America’s most beloved holidays, giving families a chance to share a meal together and reflect on all the things for which they are grateful.
One of the best places to spend the holiday is Scottsdale, Ariz., according to a recent study by WalletHub that sought to help Americans find the best cities to go for Thanksgiving.
The study compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on 5 key dimensions, including: Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions; affordability; safety and accessibility; giving thanks; and Thanksgiving weather forecast.
Based on a scale of 100, Scottsdale ranked third, with a score of 66.42, due to its high probability of Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions, and affordability.
Meanwhile, Atlanta, Ga. snagged first place with a total score of 71.05, and Orlando, Fla. claimed second place, almost tying with Scottsdale, with a total score of 66.43.
Here are six Thanksgiving fun facts for 2021:
- $312: Average person’s spending over the five-day Thanksgiving period.
- 10 hrs. 2 mins.: Length of time the average American male would need to spend on the treadmill to burn the 4,500 calories consumed at the average Thanksgiving meal.
- $604+ Million: Estimated amount Americans spend on Thanksgiving turkeys each year, with 46 million turkeys killed for the holiday.
- $26 Million: Amount of property loss caused by residential building fires each Thanksgiving.
- 46%: Share of people celebrating Thanksgiving who try to avoid having to talk politics at the dinner table.
- 65%: Share of Americans who expect COVID-19 to impact their Thanksgiving celebrations this year (only 15% expect the impact to be significant).
Read the full report here.