These are the best places to ring in 2018

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Looking for a fun city to ring in the new year without breaking the bank? WalletHub ranked cities across the country according to their food and entertainment options, safety and overall cost. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

When it comes to New Year's Eve, nothing beats watching the ball drop in Times Square.

WalletHub named the Big Apple the best city to ring in the new year as part of its annual ranking the nation's 100 biggest cities. The personal finance site ranked each city based on its food and entertainment options, cost and safety, examining everything from the length of each city's fireworks display to car theft rates and the presence of ridesharing services like Uber.

In addition to being first overall, New York also finished first in food and entertainment options but came nearly last in terms of cost.

Here are the top 10 cities overall according to WalletHub's ranking:
  1. New York
  2. Orlando, Fla.
  3. Atlanta
  4. Los Angeles
  5. San Francisco
  6. San Diego
  7. Chicago
  8. Miami
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Las Vegas


For revelers looking to save a buck, Durham, NC, has the lowest average price for a New Year's Eve party ticket, and Indianapolis boasts the lowest average price for a glass of wine.

But if the party is of utmost importance regardless of cost, partiers can find the most nightlife options per capita in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla., and Portland, Ore.

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