Buffalo, Not Boston, Ranked Best City for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

The Hub placed third. What gives?

Photo via Mayor's Office/Don Harney

Photo via Mayor’s Office/Don Harney

Despite our proud Irish roots, Boston isn’t the best city to spend St. Patrick’s Day. It isn’t second-best, either.

The Hub ranked third in a new report by personal finance social network WalletHub this week, behind Buffalo, New York and Madison, Wisconsin. Also representing Massachusetts on the list was Worcester in fifth place, and Springfield in 11th.

Boston tied for the most St. Paddy’s celebrations per capita, while Worcester had the fourth-highest Irish population. Boston also had the fifth-fewest DUI-related deaths per capita—so there’s that.

To compile its ranking, Wallet Hub compared the 200 most populous U.S. cities using 16 metrics across four dimensions: St. Patrick’s Day traditions (share of Irish population, Irish pubs per capita, time since first-ever parade), costs (average price of a six-pack, lowest price of a three-star hotel on St. Paddy’s), safety and accessibility (crime rate, walkability, traffic congestion), and weather.

You can check out WalletHub’s full ranking here.