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Report: Washington ranked 4th most fun state. But what does that mean? – seattlepi.com

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Fun” can be subjective, but a recent study ranked all 50 states based on which were the most fun to visit.

And Washington did pretty well, better than 46 other states to be specific. But how can you calculate “fun?”

Well, WalletHub tried. The personal finance site calculated how much fun each state was to visit in a study by deriving a score from two categories: the state’s “entertainment and recreation” rank, and its “nightlife” rank.

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The categories were broken down into 26 differently weighted metrics including the number of attractions, ideal weather, movie theaters per capita, access to national parks and others.

And again, these were all weighted differently. So a state with a lot of attractions — California and Florida with their abundance of amusement rides come to mind — could rank higher than a state with more arcades per capita.

The entertainment and recreation rank also counted for 80% of the final ranking to nightlife’s 20%. This hurt a state like Nevada which, obviously, had the top nightlife rank, but finished sixth overall due to a 15th entertainment and recreation ranking.

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Washington’s “nightlife” rank barely made it into the top 15, with a 13th ranking. But it’s “entertainment and recreation” ranking slid it into the top five with a fourth. And a closer look at the data gives a peak into that.

Per capita, Washington has the fifth most movie theaters. But that shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, especially if you live in Seattle.

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Seattle has more than a couple of offers of old and historic theaters. The Admiral Theater, built in 1942, still offers modern movies — but the ticket prices have jumped up a bit. The Cinerama in Belltown received a major face lift in 2014, but the almost 59-year-old theater remains a Seattle favorite.

Where should you catch a flick in the Emerald City? Click through the gallery above for some of our favorites, hidden gems and Seattle staples — and the few out-of-town joints that we adore.

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