St. Patrick’s Day: “WalletHub Reports” Shares 2020’s Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations!

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and at least $6.16 billion expected to be spent for the holiday this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations as well as accompanying videos, along with stats about the holiday in its St. Patrick’s Day infographic (down below at the bottom of the page!)

To determine the best cities for celebrating Irish-American heritage, WalletHub compared 200 of the largest U.S. cities across 17 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.


Top 20 Cities for St. Patrick’s Day

1. Chicago, IL
2. Boston, MA
3. Philadelphia, PA
4. Pittsburgh, PA
5. Tampa, FL
6. Naperville, IL
7. New York, NY
8. Buffalo, NY
9. Cleveland, OH
10. Cedar Rapids, IA
11. Las Vegas, NV
12. Denver, CO
13. Omaha, NE
14. Syracuse, NY
15. Boise, ID
16. Madison, WI
17. Lincoln, NE
18. Kansas City, MO
19. Fort Collins, CO
20. Henderson, NV

 

 

US MAP that shows where St. Patrick’s Day has serious celebrations going on!

Source: WalletHub

 

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-st-patricks-day-celebrations/19603/.

It took me a while to find my city in the list and unfortunately, we are almost at #150 (but not quite). It’s embarrassing how so many cities in Southern California are in the 100+ numbers! 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Facts

174%: Increase in beer sales on St. Patrick’s Day compared to the rest of the year (153% more spirits are sold compared with the average day).

$1.6 Million: Market value of a leprechaun’s pot of gold.

$6.16 Billion: Amount spent collectively on St. Patrick’s Day 2020 ($43 per person celebrating).

32.1 Million: Number of Americans who claim Irish ancestry, second only to German and 7 times Ireland’s population.

St. Patrick’s Day has the potential to be quite expensive, with lots of corn beef, cabbage, Guinness and green clothing on Americans’ shopping lists. But the costs associated with celebrating Ireland’s primary patron saint don’t end there, especially for those who act immaturely.

Despite its religious undertones, St. Patrick’s Day often results in some light bruising for folks whose dress doesn’t express the Emerald Isle’s characteristic hue. It also ranks among the year’s most popular drinking occasions. And the good times are too often ruined by drunk driving, which can have a devastating impact on lives in general and wallets in particular.

As a result, it’s important to don green and drop your keys if you want to avoid if you getting pinched come March 17. The cost of an Uber or Lyft ride pales in comparison to that of a DUI, after all.

To help people appreciate the significance of this holiday even more, both to our wallets and overall, we researched the occasion from all angles and put together the following infographic filled with St. Patrick’s Day facts – some fun, some sobering. You can also learn more about the financial impact of St. Patrick’s Day from the Ask the Experts Q&A below the infographic. Enjoy (responsibly)!

St. Patrick’s Day Facts for 2020:

$6.16 Billion: Amount that will be spent collectively on St. Patrick’s Day 2020 ($43 per person celebrating).
174%: Increase in beer sales on St. Patrick’s Day compared to the rest of the year (153% more spirits are sold compared with the average day).
$1.6 Million: Market value of a leprechaun’s pot of gold.
32.1 Million: Number of Americans who claim Irish ancestry, second only to German and 7x Ireland’s population.
73: People were killed in drunk-driving crashes over St. Patrick’s Day holiday in 2018, one life claimed every 30 minutes.
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Ask the Experts

Believe it or not, the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade didn’t take place in Ireland. Its roots are actually in the U.S., though some say Boston while others claim New York. Regardless, what began as a Catholic feast day and gained more recognition with a parade in the 18th Century is today one of America’s biggest cultural holidays. More than 32 million people in the U.S. claim Irish ancestry – that’s nearly seven times the population of Ireland. As this lucky group of people expanded over the centuries, so too did American St. Paddy’s Day traditions. Chicago, for instance, gained fame for dyeing its river green, while other places are now known for their elaborate pageants, pub crawls or long processions of marching bagpipers. This year, Americans are projected to spend $6.16 billion on the holiday.

But not every city that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day is worth kissing the Irish for. WalletHub compared 200 of the largest cities across 17 key metrics to find the best places to wear green and save some, too. Our data set ranges from Irish pubs and restaurants per capita to lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day to weather forecast. Read on for the list of winners, insight from a panel of experts and a full description of our methodology. For cool stats about the holiday, check out our St. Patrick’s Day infographic.

Experts listed below:

Tok Thompson
Associate Professor (Teaching) of Anthropology and Communication, University of Southern California

Joseph Kelly
Professor, Irish and Irish American Studies, College of Charleston

Thomas A. DuBois
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lori Gallagher
Director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Houston

Andrew Wilson
Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago

Methodology

In order to determine the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, WalletHub compared 200 of the most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions:
1) St. Patrick’s Day Traditions,
2) Costs,
3) Safety & Accessibility
4) St. Patrick’s Day Weather.

Sources:

Data used to create this ranking were collected from the
U.S. Census Bureau,
Federal Bureau of Investigation,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
Texas A&M Transportation Institute,
Council for Community and Economic Research,
Google Ads,
Eventbrite,
Kayak.com,
Walk Score,
each city’s official page for its “St. Patrick’s Day Parade”,
Yelp and
AccuWeather.

 


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Source: WalletHub

Thanks to WalletHub.com for allowing me to share all this St. Patrick’s Day scoop. Hope you enjoy it. I found it really interesting!
Start planning your St. Patrick’s Day now. I have already started featuring a variety of cocktails!

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

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