St. Patrick’s Day will be here in just a few days, so mark your calendars for this Friday the 17th and get the bagpipes ready. If you won’t be heading to Ireland this year to celebrate, there is still a lot of fun to be found right here in the United States.
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With at least $5.3 billion expected to be spent for the holiday this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017’s Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, along with cool stats about the holiday.
To determine the best cities for celebrating Irish-American heritage, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared 200 of the largest U.S. cities across 16 key metrics, ranging from “Irish pubs and restaurants per capita” to “lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day” to “weather forecast.”
Here are the winners, aka the Top 20 Cities for St. Patrick’s Day –
20. Grand Rapids, MI
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19. Sioux Falls, SD
18. Overland Park, KS
17. St. Paul, MN
16. Springfield, MO
15. Springfield, MA
14. Chicago, IL
13. Cincinnati, OH
12. Rochester, NY
11. Naperville, IL
10. Cleveland, OH
9. Philadelphia, PA
8. Tampa, FL
7. Akron, OH
6. Pittsburgh, PA
5. Worcester, MA
4. Cedar Rapids, IA
3. Boston, MA
2. Madison, WI
And the number one city in the US for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is…
1. Buffalo, NY
Click here to head over to the full report from Wallethub that also include details such as which cities have the lowest average beer price, highest access to bars grade, etc.
Here are some St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts, courtesy of WalletHub.
72 Minutes – Interval at which alcohol-related car crashes claim a life on St. Patrick’s Day.
$3,762 – Cost of an Uber ride from Boston to Dublin, Ohio (versus up to $24,000 for the total DUI cost).
$1.22 Million – Market value of a leprechaun’s pot of gold, which contains 1,000 gold coins weighing 1 ounce each.
13 Million – Pints of Guinness that will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day.
$5.3 Billion – Amount that will be spent collectively on St. Patrick’s Day 2017 (or $38 per person celebrating).
Sounds like a lot of fun. What city will you find yourself in for the celebrations?