Best US cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in 2022



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 31 million people in the U.S. claim Irish ancestry – that’s more than six 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 $5.87 billion on the holiday.

But not every city that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day is worth kissing the Irish for.

Industry analysts compared 200 of the largest cities across 18 key metrics to find the best places to wear green and save some, too. Their data set ranges from Irish pubs and restaurants per capita to the lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day to the weather forecast.

The top 200 US cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebration, ranked by total score, St. Patrick’s Day traditions, costs, safety & accessibility, and St. Patrick’s Day weather:

1 Philadelphia, PA 67.35 3 50 55 24
2 Boston, MA 65.48 1 144 33 159
3 Pittsburgh, PA 64.88 5 116 29 20
4 Chicago, IL 62.18 4 139 62 131
5 San Francisco, CA 60.82 13 101 10 112
6 Reno, NV 60.56 27 31 31 36
7 Naperville, IL 60.44 12 28 73 134
8 Tampa, FL 59.89 2 183 118 27
9 Yonkers, NY 59.84 16 165 12 34
10 Buffalo, NY 59.45 7 158 42 149
11 New York, NY 59.42 6 197 19 34
12 Worcester, MA 59.32 11 152 32 120
13 Cleveland, OH 59.15 10 44 160 84
14 Henderson, NV 58.35 40 30 67 43
15 Cedar Rapids, IA 57.19 25 66 30 130
16 Cincinnati, OH 56.05 26 9 92 146
17 Milwaukee, WI 55.62 24 53 84 128
18 Boise, ID 55.5 19 157 58 89
19 Orlando, FL 55.46 20 167 51 36
20 Columbus, OH 55.41 54 7 79 70
21 Santa Rosa, CA 55.04 18 181 95 55
22 Washington, DC 54.62 38 92 68 22
23 Seattle, WA 54.59 8 191 6 196
24 Denver, CO 54.43 22 77 18 186
25 Syracuse, NY 54.24 15 151 24 187
26 Dayton, OH 54.06 9 123 193 88
27 Knoxville, TN 53.91 17 63 188 53
28 Madison, WI 53.79 73 5 9 132
29 Overland Park, KS 53.69 28 43 20 191
30 Omaha, NE 53.54 23 45 64 184
31 Providence, RI 53.38 29 129 50 129
32 Las Vegas, NV 52.99 30 105 130 73
33 Minneapolis, MN 52.72 34 71 69 148
34 St. Paul, MN 52.71 42 65 47 142
35 Olathe, KS 52.56 47 32 23 191
36 Santa Clarita, CA 52.54 43 163 110 43
37 Rochester, NY 52.5 14 184 63 154
38 Des Moines, IA 52.24 45 26 66 152
39 New Orleans, LA 52.01 32 95 170 19
40 Savannah, GA 51.99 36 178 93 27
41 Cary, NC 51.88 103 126 7 39
42 Grand Rapids, MI 51.83 66 6 115 121
43 Modesto, CA 51.83 97 12 119 73
44 Port St. Lucie, FL 51.75 55 149 53 107
45 Scottsdale, AZ 51.72 31 81 164 112
46 San Diego, CA 51.68 52 143 44 55
47 St. Petersburg, FL 51.61 21 193 86 49
48 Columbia, SC 51.5 49 122 181 1
49 New Haven, CT 51.48 53 175 45 51
50 Rockford, IL 51.47 44 46 154 125
51 Tempe, AZ 51.3 56 98 99 112
52 Fort Wayne, IN 51.17 68 35 87 111
53 Raleigh, NC 50.93 80 112 11 39
54 Baltimore, MD 50.8 79 42 117 12
55 Fort Lauderdale, FL 50.48 41 189 37 67
56 Durham, NC 50.41 144 4 36 9
57 Arlington, VA 50.15 33 192 88 33
58 Lakewood, CO 49.95 57 49 28 195
59 Huntsville, AL 49.83 74 91 132 17
60 Torrance, CA 49.75 120 86 34 112
61 Thousand Oaks, CA 49.71 61 115 112 91
62 Sioux Falls, SD 49.65 63 110 35 137
63 Alexandria, VA 49.37 64 156 123 22
64 Brownsville, TX 49.15 199 1 8 11
65 Warren, MI 49.08 111 10 162 72
66 Richmond, VA 49.08 62 69 149 64
67 Peoria, AZ 49 78 168 91 91
68 Jersey City, NJ 48.99 93 62 49 47
69 Joliet, IL 48.8 69 18 147 145
70 Salt Lake City, UT 48.72 77 47 126 107
71 Virginia Beach, VA 48.58 76 159 129 32
72 Portland, OR 48.52 35 164 16 197
73 Newark, NJ 48.38 102 29 82 47
74 Oceanside, CA 48.2 110 121 98 55
75 Lincoln, NE 48.15 88 19 40 188
76 Tulsa, OK 47.99 50 37 153 181
77 Sacramento, CA 47.94 92 54 109 36
78 Huntington Beach, CA 47.9 67 93 105 138
79 Lexington, KY 47.85 81 21 65 153
80 Pasadena, CA 47.76 116 103 76 73
81 Louisville, KY 47.61 51 78 114 174
82 Oxnard, CA 47.18 129 131 27 112
83 Winston-Salem, NC 46.85 137 107 140 7
84 Fullerton, CA 46.79 134 55 108 73
85 Orange, CA 46.77 139 55 85 91
86 Honolulu, HI 46.71 104 142 13 85
87 Tucson, AZ 46.63 82 120 70 126
88 Fort Collins, CO 46.5 86 33 61 175
89 Colorado Springs, CO 46.48 65 125 116 141
90 Gilbert, AZ 45.91 90 161 136 91
91 Los Angeles, CA 45.9 95 136 57 91
92 McAllen, TX 45.86 180 27 46 14
93 Toledo, OH 45.77 99 90 111 66
94 Spokane, WA 45.66 39 180 139 169
95 North Las Vegas, NV 45.64 167 13 72 55
96 Sterling Heights, MI 45.5 143 22 158 90
97 Akron, OH 45.43 94 127 102 54
98 Tallahassee, FL 45.34 123 100 107 27
99 Hollywood, FL 45.21 96 190 14 67
100 Cape Coral, FL 45.16 112 185 38 52
101 St. Louis, MO 44.93 37 133 185 176
102 Springfield, MA 44.9 75 194 59 110
103 Kansas City, MO 44.72 48 24 186 189
104 San Jose, CA 44.62 157 146 4 91
105 Elk Grove, CA 44.58 153 89 121 49
106 Riverside, CA 44.53 149 102 90 73
107 Baton Rouge, LA 44.44 118 8 178 21
108 Hayward, CA 44.24 183 130 15 91
109 Shreveport, LA 44.15 85 14 191 155
110 Fayetteville, NC 44.1 130 73 184 16
111 Indianapolis, IN 44.09 70 96 168 147
112 Anaheim, CA 44.06 160 55 125 91
113 Charlotte, NC 44 136 67 141 3
114 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 43.96 131 113 146 73
115 Mesa, AZ 43.88 150 80 81 91
116 Clarksville, TN 43.82 128 3 120 176
117 Kansas City, KS 43.8 46 25 196 189
118 Nashville, TN 43.75 58 179 145 151
119 Glendale, AZ 43.67 122 177 101 55
120 Fresno, CA 43.63 161 23 151 43
121 Escondido, CA 43.53 163 154 26 73
122 Birmingham, AL 43.51 145 17 183 9
123 Atlanta, GA 43.45 71 196 176 2
124 McKinney, TX 43.27 98 111 104 144
125 Bakersfield, CA 43.26 151 15 163 91
126 Fremont, CA 43.19 172 147 48 91
127 Chula Vista, CA 42.65 185 97 52 55
128 Hampton, VA 42.62 159 134 135 24
129 Salinas, CA 42.52 195 51 39 73
130 Jacksonville, FL 42.48 105 166 152 27
131 Glendale, CA 42.45 179 86 60 91
132 Norfolk, VA 42.24 109 182 75 42
133 Dallas, TX 42.07 83 117 150 164
134 Laredo, TX 41.99 200 64 1 140
135 Paterson, NJ 41.99 190 132 74 24
136 Newport News, VA 41.97 126 134 174 63
137 Jackson, MS 41.93 148 11 194 41
138 Tacoma, WA 41.91 72 124 106 197
139 Augusta, GA 41.81 127 61 192 5
140 Irvine, CA 41.79 155 118 97 136
141 Houston, TX 41.73 89 75 171 162
142 Aurora, IL 41.72 147 137 41 134
143 Garden Grove, CA 41.69 175 55 89 126
144 Sunnyvale, CA 41.54 169 138 3 112
145 San Antonio, TX 41.45 113 60 122 161
146 Frisco, TX 41.44 114 106 133 179
147 Albuquerque, NM 41.37 101 39 161 178
148 Montgomery, AL 41.34 181 41 173 13
149 Phoenix, AZ 41.25 100 128 166 91
150 Little Rock, AR 41.15 87 76 172 160
151 Stockton, CA 41.08 174 68 157 43
152 Killeen, TX 41.04 156 48 100 163
153 Chandler, AZ 40.97 121 150 142 91
154 Detroit, MI 40.87 138 16 197 64
155 Oakland, CA 40.85 154 172 43 91
156 Fontana, CA 40.8 193 113 78 55
157 Amarillo, TX 40.65 115 74 148 185
158 Santa Ana, CA 40.58 192 55 83 112
159 Mobile, AL 40.56 91 155 200 15
160 Chesapeake, VA 40.43 152 171 128 18
161 Long Beach, CA 40.41 125 176 94 112
162 Anchorage, AK 40.27 107 169 165 138
163 Miami, FL 40.19 117 199 5 143
164 Pembroke Pines, FL 40.17 135 187 54 85
165 West Valley City, UT 39.86 187 72 134 107
166 Eugene, OR 39.77 84 186 77 170
167 Austin, TX 39.68 124 162 80 156
168 Garland, TX 39.67 166 70 103 171
169 Bridgeport, CT 39.62 182 145 21 31
170 Greensboro, NC 39.59 170 170 127 4
171 Vancouver, WA 39.51 60 174 138 197
172 Salem, OR 39.51 59 195 124 194
173 Columbus, GA 39.47 158 88 199 6
174 Chattanooga, TN 39.42 132 119 187 8
175 Oklahoma City, OK 39.42 106 34 198 183
176 San Bernardino, CA 39.2 165 83 169 122
177 Springfield, MO 39.19 108 38 177 166
178 Ontario, CA 38.98 188 94 143 55
179 Aurora, CO 38.97 162 36 56 182
180 Lubbock, TX 38.72 141 52 179 165
181 Moreno Valley, CA 38.63 196 83 96 122
182 Palmdale, CA 38.61 189 82 144 91
183 Corona, CA 38.52 168 140 131 73
184 Corpus Christi, TX 38.37 173 20 175 132
185 Hialeah, FL 38.12 198 198 2 67
186 Plano, TX 38.1 146 104 113 167
187 Miramar, FL 37.93 197 187 25 85
188 Lancaster, CA 37.41 177 141 156 122
189 El Paso, TX 37.29 191 173 22 71
190 Pomona, CA 37.25 194 148 71 73
191 Waco, TX 36.48 119 153 182 167
192 Wichita, KS 35.99 133 2 195 193
193 Pasadena, TX 35.87 184 99 190 73
194 Fort Worth, TX 35.06 164 40 155 156
195 Irving, TX 34.49 178 79 180 156
196 Mesquite, TX 34.2 176 160 137 171
197 Memphis, TN 34 142 108 189 150
198 Arlington, TX 32.18 171 85 159 179
199 Grand Prairie, TX 32.02 186 109 167 171
200 Bellevue, WA 31.95 140 200 17 200

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).

*    $1.92 Million: Market value of a leprechaun’s pot of gold.

*    $5.87 Billion: Amount spent collectively on St. Patrick’s Day 2022 ($42 per person celebrating).

*    31.5 Million: Number of Americans who claim Irish ancestry, second only to German and 6.5 times Ireland’s population.

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