Using a six point rating system, we ranked 163 convention cities across the United States by Affordability of Hotel Rooms, Ease of Access, Safety, Walkability. Promotional Appeal and Weather.

Best Large Convention Cities in the USA for 2018:
Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, New York City, San Antonio, Orlando, Dallas and Boston

Medium-size: Charlotte, Austin, Providence, Norfolk, Cincinnati, St. Paul and Salt Lake City
Smaller: Tacoma, Silicon Valley, Chattanooga, El Paso, Madison, Tempe, Portland Maine and Raleigh

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    About Our 2018 Rankings

    Aerial shot of the Las Vegas Strip by
    RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com

    Las Vegas easily claimed the top spot for the second year in a row, as weather was a new measured destination attribute for 2018, and the City of Lights boasts plenty of natural sunshine. Other sunny destinations on the list this year for larger conventions include Denver, Orlando and Dallas.

    ChattanoogaRaleighEl Paso and tiny Tempe AZ joined Tacoma and Portland ME as top cities for smaller conventions for the same reason. Sunshine too helped Charlotte and Austin rise further up in our rankings to become the number one and two second-tier convention cities, respectively, pushing down one of our site selection favorites for mid-sized conventions last year, Cincinnati.

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    Sources:

    https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml
    https://censtats.census.gov/cbpnaic/cbpnaic.shtml
    http://www.moving.com/real-estate/city-profile/results.asp
    http://openflights.org/airport/HND
    https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/passenger_allcargo_stats/passenger/media/cy15-cargo-airports.pdf
    https://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104877
    https://www.walkscore.com/
    https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data/land-based-datasets/climate-normals/1981-2010-normals-data