Do you plan on traveling in or out of North Carolina this Thanksgiving? Or perhaps you have family traveling to you. Everyone loves Thanksgiving. Good food, family, football, and the start of the Holiday season.  It’s also a chance to reflect on all the things for which we are grateful. Thanksgiving is centered on family and gratefulness,  but like pretty much every other, it’s still become a highly commercialized holiday. A lot of this is related to the next day being Black Friday. And black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Not only that but just a few days later is Cyber Monday, which brings scores of online deals. Last year, Wallet Hub reports that consumers spent a little over $300 per person between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

You might be glad to know that North Carolina is one of the best places you can go for Thanksgiving. This is according to a WalletHub study. To help Americans find the best places to go for Thanksgiving without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on 20 key metrics. The data set ranges from the cost of Thanksgiving dinner and the share of delayed flights to volunteer opportunities per capita and forecasted precipitation. And based on these metrics, not one, but study North Carolina cities made the top 10. Two other NC cities were in the top 25 as well.

Keep reading to see where each North Carolina city ranked. You can read the full WalletHub study here.


  • Best Cities For Thanksgiving

    According to a WalletHub Study.

  • 1. Atlanta, Georgia

    Music Midtown North Carolina

    Total Score: 72.26

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 1

    Affordability: 20

    Safety & Accessibility: 86

  • 2. Orlando, FL


    Total Score: 70.07

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 2

    Affordability: 30

    Safety & Accessibility: 47

  • 3. Las Vegas, NV


    Total Score: 67.35

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 3

    Affordability: 32

    Safety & Accessibility: 37

  • 4. Raleigh, NC


    Total Score: 64.13

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 63

    Affordability: 6

    Safety & Accessibility: 4

  • 5. Gilbert, AZ

    Gilbert, AZ

    Total Score: 63.59

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 23

    Affordability: 62

    Safety & Accessibility: 27

  • 6. Tampa, FL


    Total Score: 62.55

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 5

    Affordability: 68

    Safety & Accessibility: 54

  • 7. Plano, TX

    Plano Texas

    Total Score: 62.29

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 62

    Affordability: 11

    Safety & Accessibility: 28

  • 8. Durham, NC

    Durham NC

    Total Score: 61.71

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 54

    Affordability: 28

    Safety & Accessibility: 20

  • 9. Irving, TX


    Total Score: 61.29

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 54

    Affordability: 28

    Safety & Accessibility: 20

  • 10. Miami, FL

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Total Score: 61.25

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 4

    Affordability: 78

    Safety & Accessibility: 41

  • Other North Carolina Cities

  • 17. Charlotte

    North Carolina affordable

    Total Score: 59.78

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 36

    Affordability: 25

    Safety & Accessibility: 29

  • 23. Greensboro, NC

    Greensboro skyline

    Total Score: 58.12

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 28

    Affordability: 50

    Safety & Accessibility: 57

  • 59. Winston-Salem, NC

    Winston Salem

    Total Score: 52.90

    Thanksgiving Celebrations & Traditions: 39

    Affordability: 80

    Safety & Accessibility: 32

  • Thanksgiving in Charlotte (1=Best; 50=Avg.):

    • 40th – Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner
    • 6th – Share of Delayed Flights near Thanksgiving Holiday
    • 52nd – Forecasted Thanksgiving Precipitation
    • 48th – Thanksgiving Events per Capita
    • 32nd – Traffic Congestion
    • 47th – Percentage of Residents Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
  • Thanksgiving Facts:

    • $301 – Average person’s spending over the five-day Thanksgiving period.
    • 9 Hrs. 27 Mins. – Length of time the average American male would need to spend on the treadmill to burn the 4,500 calories consumed at the average Thanksgiving meal.
    • $835 Million – Estimated amount Americans spend on Thanksgiving turkeys each year, with 46 million turkeys killed for the holiday.
    • $26 Million – Amount of property loss caused by residential building fires each Thanksgiving.
    • 66% – Share of people celebrating Thanksgiving who try to avoid having to talk politics at the dinner table.

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