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2016’s best and worst cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Queen City ranked 15th in WalletHub's list of 2016's Best & Worst Cities for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

The personal finance website's closer look comes as St. Patrick's Day approaches and Irish-American Heritage Month throughout March to honor the millions of people in the U.S. with Irish ancestry.

Cincinnati ranked high for safety and affordability. Here's a breakdown:

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Cincinnati (1=Best, 50=Avg.)

  • 28th – percent of Irish population
  • 28th – Number of Irish pubs & restaurants per capita
  • 7th – ‘Access to Bars’ grade
  • 25th – Number of St. Patrick’s Day parties & festivals per capita
  • 34th – Average beer price
  • 45th – DUI fatalities per capita
  • 13th – Weather forecast for St. Patrick’s Day

Unless you’re familiar with the real history of St. Patrick’s Day, you might think it’s simply a day to wear green, drink at an Irish pub and follow a leprechaun to its pot of gold.

But if you participate in at least one of those activities on March 17, you’re in fact partaking in a celebration of the Irish heritage of 33 million Americans, far more than the population of Ireland itself.

The luck of the Irish isn’t evenly distributed across America.

If you’re looking for a smashing time on March 17, you might have to stray from home.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-American Heritage Month, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 17 key metrics to find out which among them are worthy of the Irish’s approval when it comes to celebrating their ancestry.

WalletHub’s data set ranges from “number of Irish pubs and restaurants per capita” to “lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day” to “weather forecast” for the holiday.

To find out which cities are the best for celebrating literally the greenest holiday in the U.S., WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 most populated cities across 17 key metrics, ranging from “number of Irish pubs and restaurants per capita” to “lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day” to “weather forecast” for the holiday.

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