Omaha ranked #3 in Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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A recent article by WalletHub has been making its way across social media platforms over the last week. This article ranks 100 of the largest US cities from the Best and Worst Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. Why do we care about this article? Because Omaha, Nebraska was ranked #3 in overall rank of one of the best cities – and we want to cheers to that.

If you don't know where to celebrate this beer-soaked holiday, take a look at our Event Calendar here - join the 33.1 million Ameicans who celebrate this lucky day. 

According to this article, Omaha is ranked #3 for the highest % of Irish population. Tied for #4 is our beloved neighbors in Lincoln, NE. Lincoln also ranked on the top 3 chart for the Lowest Average Beer Cost. 

How did WalletHub do it? In order to identify the best cities for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across four key dimensions: 1) St. Patrick’s Day Traditions, 2) Costs, 3) Safety & Accessibility and 4) St. Patrick’s Day Weather.

First, they compiled 17 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, wherein 100 is the best value for that metric and 0 is the worst.

They then calculated the overall score for each city using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked them accordingly.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions – Total Points: 50

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parades: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • Time Since the First Parade: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the difference between 2016 and the year when the city's first St. Patrick's Day parade was held.
  • Number of Saint Patrick’s Day Parties & Festivals per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • Percentage of Irish Population: Triple Weight (~13.64 Points)
  • Number of Irish Pubs & Restaurants per 100,000 Residents: Triple Weight (~13.64 Points)
  • “Access to Bars” Grade: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
    Notes: This grade is a combination of bars per 100,000 residents and bars per square mile, a measure of both availability (per capita) and proximity (per square mile).
  • Number of Saint Patrick’s-Themed Races: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)

Costs – Total Points: 20

  • Average Price per Saint Patrick’s Day Party Ticket: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Average Beer Price (Heineken’s, 6-pack, 12-oz. containers, excluding any deposit): Triple Weight (~10 Points)
  • Average Potato Price: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Lowest Price of a Three-Star Hotel on St. Patrick’s Day: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)

Safety & Accessibility – Total Points: 20

  • Crime Rate (Neighborhood Security): Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Number of DUI-Related Fatal Incidents per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Traffic Congestion: Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Walkability: Full Weight (~5 Points)

St. Patrick’s Day Weather – Total Points: 10

  • Difference Between the Average Forecasted Temperature for St. Patrick’s Day & the Average Normal Temperature for This Time Period: Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Forecasted Precipitations for St. Patrick’s Day: Full Weight (~5 Points)
Source: WalletHub