We recently received an email from our corporate offices reminding us to take our vacation time and not save it up for the end of the year because everyone can't take off at the same time in December. Even though we can't take that trip we would like, we should still take the time off.

WalletHub recently put together a list of the best and worst cities for a staycation and a Texas city topped the list. Here is the top 10:

  1. Plano, TX
  2. Boise, ID
  3. Tampa, FL
  4. Charleston, SC
  5. Lincoln, NE
  6. Fort Smith, AR
  7. Scottsdale, AZ
  8. Grand Prairie, TX
  9. Austin, TX
  10. Orlando, FL

Now, here is where the Texas and New Mexico cities land on the list.

19. Garland, TX
25. Houston, TX
26. Arlington, TX
27. Irving, TX
30. Laredo, TX
31. Amarillo, TX
35. Corpus Christi, TX
36. Dallas, TX
42. Fort Worth, TX
44. Brownsville, TX
78. San Antonio, TX
80. El Paso, TX
105. Albuquerque, NM
109. Las Cruces, NM

Here is some of the criteria that was used to compile this list:

  • Parks per capita
  • Bike rental facilities per capita
  • Running trails per capita (El Paso came in towards the bottom on this at number 179)
  • Walking trails per capita (El Paso was even further down in this category at number 182)
  • Average home square footage
  • Share of homes with a swimming pool
  • Average beer and wine price
  • Average price of pizza and burger

What say you El Paso and West Texas? Is this area a solid place to take a staycation? I say yes, but that's because I'm perfectly content with sitting at home, reading a good book and catching up on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus.