With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and at least $5.6 billion expected to be spent for the holiday this year, travel experts released “2019’s Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations” report.
To determine the best cities for celebrating Irish-American heritage, experts 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 11 Milwaukee, WI
2 Philadelphia, PA 12 Cleveland, OH
3 Madison, WI 13 Minneapolis, MN
4 Boston, MA 14 Buffalo, NY
5 Tampa, FL 15 Omaha, NE
6 Naperville, IL 16 Cedar Rapids, IA
7 New York, NY 17 Rochester, NY
8 Pittsburgh, PA 18 St. Louis, MO
9 Rockford, IL 19 Overland Park, KS
10 Dayton, OH 20 St. Paul, MN
St. Patrick’s Day Facts
• 819%: Increase in Guinness consumption on St. Patrick’s Day compared to the rest of the year (152.5% more beer is sold overall).
• $1.3 Million: Market value of a leprechaun’s pot of gold.
• $5.6 Billion: Amount that will be spent collectively on St. Patrick’s Day 2019 ($40 per person celebrating).
• 32.6 Million: Number of Americans who claim Irish ancestry, second only to German and 7x Ireland’s population.