5 Drunkest Cities in America: Where Does Yours Rank?
Boston is America's Drunkest City
The Daily Beast ranked the drunkest cities in America. Congratulations, Boston: you're wasted. With an average of 15.5 drinks consumed per person per month, 20.1% of Boston's population are considered "binge drinkers".
Massachusetts owned the podium, but Texas has three cities on the list.
The Drunkest Cities in the USA:
- Boston, MA
- Springfield, MA (does Massachusetts need an intervention?)
- Milwaukee, WI (#1 in 2010)
- Reno, NV
- San Antonio, TX
- Chicago, IL
- Austin, TX
- St. Louis, MO
- San Diego, CA
- Tuscon, AZ
- Burlington, VT
- Charleston, SC
- Denver, CO
- Las Vegas, NV
- Ft. Myers, FL
- Buffalo, NY
- Sioux Falls, SD
- Lincoln, NE
- Seattle, WA
- Bismarck, SD
- Providence, RI
- San Francisco, CA (How is SF slip from #3 to #22?)
- Cleveland, OH
- Norfolk, VA
- Houston, TX
See the America's Drunkest Cities slideshow for full details: the Daily Beast took into account statistics from the CDC and Experian Simmons. Boston's 15.5 drinks per month doesn't seem like that much: one drink every other day. However, that's an average: some citizens don't drink at all.
Inflated Population Numbers
However, basing these stats on overall city population is problematic. The Daily Beast's population counts for these cities look incorrect. In fact, every city population on the list that we checked against 2010 Census data is wrong: how can Ft. Myers have an over-21 population of 892,047 when its overall metro-area population, according to the 2010 census, is under 618,000?
Sometimes overall population is listed as over-21 population; sometimes metro-area population is called city population. Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason to the population count at all.
As for San Francisco, the city and county has fewer than 900,000 people in total, so where are these 5 million over-21s coming from? Even if we take "San Francisco" to mean the entire SF Bay Area, this drinking-age population count still looks suspicious.
So, if your city isn't on the list, take heart and blame statistics. But don't try to drive home.
Oh, and where the hell is New York City? Surely NYC rates in the top 25, if there's any justice in this world.
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