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Best Cities for Conferences – 2020 Edition

Ohio's capital city made the cut

A conference can be a great break from your daily workplace grind. You often get to go to a new city, meet other people in your field and learn new skills. Even though professional development is the goal for many of these events, smart budgeting is critical to keep in mind, as you’ll want to be able to enjoy your time without overspending.

On the flip side, if you’re an organizer of one of these events, affordable accommodations and travel time are key factors that contribute to boosting the number of attendees. So finding the right city to host a conference might be a little harder than it seems. That’s why SmartAsset analyzed data across the country to find the best cities for conferences.

To create this year’s rankings for the best cities for conferences, we looked specifically at nine metrics: the number of medium-sized hotels, the number of large hotels, the total number of hotels, the average cost of a hotel, the average cost of a meal in a restaurant, the distance between the airport and downtown, the average travel time to the airport from downtown, the violent crime rate in the city and the concentration of dining and entertainment establishments in the city. For details on our data sources and how we put all the information together to create our final rankings, check out the Data and Methodology section below.

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