Detroit Named One Of The Worst Cities For Thanksgiving
I’m not going to lie to you, I’m bothered. Usually little things like this don’t get under my skin. However, claiming Detroit is one of the worst cities for Thanksgiving is upsetting. I don’t believe it.
WalletHub just released their annual list of the Best Places to Go for Thanksgiving and Detroit landed at number 90 out of 100. To find the best cities for Thanksgiving, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities in the country based on 18 key metrics. When the data was complied, Detroit was close to the bottom.
The Best Cities For Thanksgiving
According to WalletHub, the metrics considered in the study include cost of Thanksgiving dinner, percentage of delayed flights, volunteer opportunities per capita, forecasted precipitation, and more. That makes sense. All of those are indeed factors that could heavily influence the quality of your Thanksgiving.
Once you see the top three, you start to realize there may be a flaw in the metrics. According to WalletHub, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego all make up the top three. See any similarities there? Yes, all start with “San.” Do you see any other similarities there? That’s right. They’re all in the state of California. I’m starting to think the metric about the weather conditions and flight cancelations is really coming into play here. When you go by the weather, I’d expect California to come out on top. However, that’s more reason to believe that we can’t weigh the quality of a Thanksgiving strictly on weather. There’s much more to it, right?
I understand I may be bias, but I think Detroit is fantastic for Thanksgiving. We often get nice crisp fall weather with beautiful foliage. Additionally, Detroit is home of one of the biggest and best Thanksgiving traditions in the country: our annual Detroit Lions Thanksgiving game! Since 1934, Detroit has hosted a Thanksgiving Day game. No other team can say that. Sure, now the Dallas Cowboys play on Thanksgiving ever year too, but that only started in 1966.
To make matters worse, one of the metrics considered in this study was Celebrations & Traditions. Within that category, Detroit ranked 71st. Excuse me? How can we be 71st when we have our Thanksgiving Day game and our parade? I respect the data, but I strongly disagree.
In the end, Detroit ranked 90th out of a possible 100 cities. It’s safe to say they’re claiming Detroit is one of the worst cities in the country for Thanksgiving. However, we did rank 51st in the country when it comes to Affordability. Although, that’s probably not the brag I’m making it out to be. This Thanksgiving, we’ve got to prove them wrong. Let’s step it up this year, Detroit!