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Looking for the most fun state? Kansas is not among them, new study says

Tumble weeds roll down a rural road and dust blows amid high winds in Kansas.
Tumble weeds roll down a rural road and dust blows amid high winds in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle

They wanted to find out which states in America are the most fun — "with pure enjoyment in mind," they said.

But when the WalletHub researchers ranked states based on "where fun is not just an option but also a way of life," many states were bound to fall short.

And it should come to no surprise that California, New York, Nevada and Florida topped the charts with all those restaurants and movie theaters, along with access to other forms of entertainment, recreation and nightlife.

When you look at factors like that, of course Kansas fell toward the bottom of the list. The Sunflower State is the 41st most-fun state in the U.S., the study says.

In other words, Kansas is the 10th most boring state to visit, or live in.

"We all define 'fun' a bit differently," the study says. "And hopefully the place in which we live caters to our personal ideas of entertainment. But that’s not always the case, which may drive people to live somewhere new."

Perhaps WalletHub didn't consider the world's largest ball of twine, in Cawker City, a fun attraction.

Or maybe the study didn't consider the family-ran carousel in Wilmore an amusement park. That's the carousel where all visitors have to do is honk, and if Ernie and Christy Griffin are home, they'll come out and fire up the ride for you — for free.

And Kansans can't blame WalletHub if the state didn't earn too many points in the "ideal weather" category. The current threat for tornadoes and severe weather probably didn't help.

The study considered other metrics as well, including fitness centers per capita, variety of arts and recreation establishments, number of states fairs and events, and music festivals per capita. These are what WalletHub considers "indicators of a jolly good time that won’t break the bank."

But don't let this study get you down too much.

Earlier this year, 24/7 Wall St. said Kansas was the 10th best state to grow old in.

(AUGUST 29, 2017) - Take a sunrise drone flight over Cheney State Park.

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