The U.S. Cities That Spend The MOST On Travel And Entertainment (PHOTOS)

07/23/2010 11:37 am ET | Updated Sep 20, 2011
  • Nathaniel Cahners Hindman Huffington Post

Last year, residents of Arlington, Virginia might have done more to jump-start the economy than any other area in the nation.

Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, and in 2009 Arlington consumers spent more than twice the national average on travel and leisure, according to Bundle's report on the top-spending cities in America.

Bundle took a look at the discretionary spending habits of urban America by measuring household spending in three categories: travel, entertainment and cable and satellite. According to their findings, the average urban American household in 2009 spent $1,571 on travel, $560 on entertainment and $568 on cable and satellite.

But some cities spent way more.

New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco households each spent more than double the average urban American household on travel, which includes vacations, airline tickets and mass transit. Boston residents spent 95 percent more on entertainment, which includes tickets to sporting events and concerts. And households in Raleigh, North Carolina spent 16 percent more on cable and satellite, which includes TV and Internet.

Which 11 cities spent the most in 2009 on travel and leisure combined? And which city splurged the most on travel or entertainment or cable and satellite? Find out below:

Biggest-Spending Cities