If St. Patrick’s Day is up there on the list of holidays you love to celebrate, then perhaps you should consider doing it in another city. On WalletHub’s list of best and worst cities for St. Patrick’s Day parties, Fort Worth ranks 80 out of 100.
And don’t think about going to Dallas, either. Big D fares worse, ranking No. 97. Only San Jose, California; Birmingham, Alabama; and San Bernadino, California, were unluckier.
For its findings, WalletHub’s number crunchers looked at metrics within four categories: St. Patrick’s Day traditions, cost, safety and accessibility, and weather. Traditions include parades and festivals as well as number of Irish pubs and restaurants. Cost comprises everything from St. Paddy’s Day party tickets to beer and potatoes (yes, really).
Fort Worth’s rankings aren’t so bad for traditions (52), costs (48), or weather (88). But it does come in dead last for safety and accessibility, which takes into account things like crime rate, number of DUI-related fatal accidents, traffic congestion, and walkability.
The best place in Texas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Laredo, apparently, but it only takes the No. 37 slot.
Compared to most of the rest of Texas, Fort Worth does okay. Houston takes the No. 83 spot. Plano and San Antonio are almost as bad as Dallas, ranking Nos. 89 and 90, respectively. And here we thought Plano won everything!
Even Austin makes a subpar showing, at No. 66. Even scarier, Austin is one of the five worst cities for most DUI-related fatalities per capita. So are Lubbock and Corpus Christi, for that matter.
So what are the best cities to celebrate this day of green beer and leprechauns? Boston is No. 1, followed by Buffalo, New York; Omaha, Nebraska; and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
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