Today, as a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve listed the top 10 best and worst cities for celebrating Ireland’s most renowned Saint.
Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day
1 Boston, MA
2 Buffalo, NY
3 Omaha, NE
4 Philadelphia, PA
5 Pittsburgh, PA
6 Tampa, FL
7 Madison, WI
8 Lincoln, NE
9 Gilbert, AZ
10 St. Paul, MN
Worst Cities for St. Patrick’s Day
91 Santa Ana, CA
92 Fremont, CA
93 Hialeah, FL
94 Riverside, CA
95 Memphis, TN
96 Oakland, CA
97 Dallas, TX
98 San Jose, CA
99 Birmingham, AL
100 San Bernardino, CA
Comparing the Best & Worst
* St. Louis has the highest number of Saint Patrick’s Day parties and festivals per 100,000 residents, which is 33 times more than in Phoenix, the city with the lowest.
* Pittsburgh has the highest percentage of Irish population, 16.4 percent, which is 55 times greater than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest, 0.3 percent.
* Seattle has the highest number of Irish pubs per 100,000 residents, 2.19, which is 28 times more than in Los Angeles, the city with the lowest, 0.08.
* Atlanta has the highest ticket price for St. Patrick’s Day parties, $69, which is eight times more expensive than in Orlando, Fla., the city with the lowest, $9.
* Chicago has the highest average beer price, $14.04, which is two times more expensive than in Albuquerque, N.M., the city with the lowest, $6.65.
* Detroit has the highest violent-crime rate, 19.89, which is 40 times greater than in Irvine, Calif., the city with the lowest, 0.49.
* Lubbock, Texas, has the highest number of DUI-related fatal incidents per 100,000 residents, 6.8, which is 10 times more than in Boise, Idaho, the city with the lowest, 0.7.
*A big thanks to Diana Popa at WalletHub for this gem.