by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 10, 2016

SmartAsset, an online service offering personal finance advice, data visualizations and tools, has released its second annual ranking of the best cities for conferences in 2016. To create the list, SmartAsset analyzed 102 of the largest U.S. cities using nine factors: the number of hotels in the city, the number of midsize and large hotels; the average room rate, including taxes and fees, from 2015; the average cost of a three-course meal for one person at a midrange restaurant as of October 2016; the distance between each city's downtown area and the closest major airport, in miles, and how long it would take to drive from each city to the closest airport; the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2014; and the number of restaurants, bars and other entertainment establishments as a percentage of all businesses in each city. The following are the top 20 cities.

1. San Antonio 11. Boise, Idaho
2. El Paso, Texas12. Atlanta
3. San Diego13. Virginia Beach, Va. 
4. Austin, Texas14. Omaha, Neb. 
5. Irving, Texas15. Phoenix 
6. Columbus, Ohio16. Honolulu 
7. (tie) Orlando   17. Tampa, Fla. 
7. (tie) Albuquerque, N.M. 18. (tie) New York City 
9. Charlotte, N.C.18. (tie) Los Angeles
10. Las Vegas 20. Madison, Wis.