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Cheapest cities for a 'staycation' in the U.S. 2020

According to an October 2020 study, Omaha (Nebraska) was the cheapest city in the U.S. for a 'staycation'.The study analyzed a range of metrics, including the average price of a meal, the number of hotels, and the average price of a stay in a three-star hotel. It then assigned scores according to the cheapest options. Omaha topped the list with an index score of 77.3. Houston (Texas) and Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) followed on the ranking with a score of 74.5 and 70.8, respectively. As of October 2020, five of the top ten cities on the list were in Texas.

Cheapest cities for a 'staycation' in the United States as of October 2020

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Release date

December 2020


United States

Survey time period

October 29, 2020

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "We've analyzed a series of metrics and given each one a score in order to find out the best locations across the US for a staycation. Metrics include the price of a meal and beer, the cost of a one way ticket on local transport, the average price for a 3 star hotel, the number of hotels and the number of daytrips under $50. Data pulled October 29th 2020:.

The source used the following metrics and score system:
Price of a meal - score = 20
Price of a pint - score = 10
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) - score = 20
Average $ price for 3 star hotel - score = 20
Number of hotels - score = 20
Number of day trips under $50 - score = 10
Total = 100

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