NATIONAL -- St. Patrick’s Day in the America dates back to Revolutionary War times when a group of Irish-born soldiers serving in General Washington's army marched in New York to celebrate their country's patron saint. It was the country's first New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
More than 32 million people in the U.S. claim Irish ancestry (over six and a half times the population of Ireland), and the celebration has evolved to become one of America’s biggest cultural holidays. As the number of Irish descendants grew, so too did American St. Paddy’s Day traditions. New York claims the oldest and largest parade, Chicago 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.
Last year, Americans spent almost $6 billion on the holiday, according to WalletHub, a website that offers free credit scores and full credit reports. 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 and 4) St. Patrick’s Day Weather forecasts.
This year, Chicago ranked as No. 1 on the list, followed by Boston, Philadelphia, Buffalo and New York City, which ranks highly on traditions and safety/accessibility, but had the highest costs.
|Rank||City||Traditions||Costs||Safety & Accessibility||Weather||Total Score|
|5||New York City||3||193||27||36||63.1|
|7||Fort Collins, CO||12||39||87||62||61.1|
St. Patrick’s Day Traditions (Total Points: 50+)
St. Patrick’s Day Parades
Length of St. Patrick’s Day History (the difference between 2018 and the year when the city's first St. Patrick's Day parade was held)
St. Patrick’s Day Parties & Festivals
Share of Irish Population
Irish Pubs & Restaurants per Capita*
Costs (Total Points: 20)
Average Price for St. Patrick’s Day Party Ticket
Average Beer Price: Triple Weight
Lowest Price of a Three-Star Hotel on St. Patrick’s Day
Affordable 4+ Star Irish Pubs & Restaurants
Safety & Accessibility (Total Points: 20)
DUI-Related Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes per Capita
St. Patrick’s Day Weather (Total Points: 10)
Forecasted vs. Average Temperature for St. Patrick’s Day
Forecasted Precipitations for St. Patrick’s Day: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, St-Patricks-Day.com, Yelp, AccuWeather, and each city’s official page for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade.