Where is the best St. Patrick’s Day celebration?

From Boston to San Bernardino, the best and worst for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.


ATLANTA, March 11, 2016 — St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and that means green beer in honor of the 33.1 million people in the United States with Irish ancestry and the millions more who claim to be Irish, even if just for a day.

To that end, Wallethub has released a new study about St. Patrick’s Day. They’ve ranked the best and worst St. Patrick’s Day celebrations nationwide.

To compile its rankings, the company evaluated the “100 largest cities across 17 key metrics” using data from a number of sources. According to the company, the five best cities to celebrate are:

  1. Boston
  2. Buffalo, New York
  3. Omaha
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Pittsburgh

Conversely, the five worst cities are:

  1. San Bernardino, California
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. San Jose, California
  4. Dallas
  5. Oakland, California

Interestingly, the site also found that Pittsburgh has the highest percentage of Irish population, with 16.4 percent; at 0.3 percent, Hialeah, Florida, has the lowest. However, St. Louis has the highest number of St. Patrick’s Day parties and festivals per 100,000 residents, while Phoenix offers the fewest.

If pubs are the draw, Seattle offers 2.19 Irish pubs per 100,000 residents to top the list. Los Angeles has the lowest number of Irish pubs per 100,000 with a mere 0.08 per 100,000 residents.

At $69, Atlanta boasts the highest ticket price for St. Patrick’s Day parties; Orlando, Florida, is the cheapest at $9. At $14.04, Chicago offers the highest average beer price (for a six-pack of Heineken’s); Albuquerque, New Mexico, offers the cheapest beer at $6.65.

On a negative side, Detroit has the highest violent-crime rate, while Lubbock, Texas, claims the highest number of DUI-related fatal incidents.

Source: WalletHub
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