See Where Worcester Ranks Among Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 12, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and partygoers are beginning to wonder what city is the best place to go and is Worcester one of them?

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Worcester is the 47th best city in the U.S. for St. Patrick’s day celebrations out of 200 ranked cities.

“More than 32 million people in the U.S. claim Irish ancestry – that’s over six and a half 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. Last year, Americans were projected to spend $5.9 billion on the holiday,” said WalletHub.

Worcester's Rankings 

  • 40th Best - St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
  • 168th Best - Costs
  • 74th Best - Safety & accessibility
  • 72nd best - St. Patrick’s Day Weather


The Rankings 

Worcester is ranked behind Colorado Springs, Colorado and Washington, D.C. who rank 45th and 46th respectively.

Worcester is ranked head of Olathe, Kansas and Fort Worth, Texas, who rank 48th and 49th respectively.

The best city for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations is Chicago, while the worst city is Moreno Valley, California.

See the Full Rankings in the Map Below

Source: WalletHub

The Method

In order to determine the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, WalletHub compared 200 of the most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions: 1) St. Patrick’s Day Traditions, 2) Costs, 3) Safety & Accessibility and 4) St. Patrick’s Day Weather.

They evaluated those dimensions using 17 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best conditions for celebrating the holiday.

They then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

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

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parades: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • Length of St. Patrick’s Day History: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parties & Festivals per Capita*: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • Share of Irish Population: Triple Weight (~13.64 Points)
  • Irish Pubs & Restaurants per Capita*: Triple Weight (~13.64 Points)
  • Access to Bars: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)
  • Google Search Interest for “St. Patrick’s Day Events”: Full Weight (~4.55 Points)


Costs – Total Points: 20

  • Average Price for St. Patrick’s Day Party Ticket: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Average Beer Price: Triple Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Lowest Price of a Three-Star Hotel on St. Patrick’s Day Celbrations: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Affordable 4+ Star Irish Pubs & Restaurants: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)


Safety & Accessibility – Total Points: 20

  • Crime Rate: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • DUI-Related Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes per Capita: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Traffic Congestion: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Walkability: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)


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

  • Forecasted vs. Average Temperature for St. Patrick’s Day: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Forecasted Precipitations for St. Patrick’s Day: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
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