20 American cities with the best nightlife

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Depending on your interests, the heartbeat of a city's nightlife scene can make or break a city. From eateries that celebrate local flavors to venues for socializing with the community at large, some cities tout their nightlife as a top offering for residents and tourists alike.

Beyond providing patrons with enjoyment, local restaurants and bars employ a city's residents, helping boost the economy. According to Statista.com predictions, sales for U.S. restaurants were expected to reach $710 billion in 2015; bars and taverns were expected to reach 20.5 billion. Bars, taverns and nightclubs in the U.S. employ 363,000 people.

FindTheHome wanted to identify the U.S. cities that offer the best nightlife. To do this, we looked at the density of restaurants and bars, as well as walkability (WalkIQ), for cities with populations of 30,000 or more. We then sorted the list from lowest to highest nightlife index. To be expected, larger cities fare better in aggregate, given their higher WalkIQ scores and densities.

#20. Berkeley, CA

Nightlife Index: 81.5
Population: 34,536
Bars per 10K People: 9.6
Restaurants per 10K People: 91.5
WalkIQ: 100.0

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