Two North Dakota Cities Crack the Top Ten for Drunkest U.S. Cities
We all know that North Dakota enjoys adult beverages. After all, we do own the title of the drunkest state in America. It's almost shocking to see only two North Dakota cities on this particular list.
According to 24/7 Wall St., the top twenty drunkest cities in America have been compiled. Two North Dakota cities made the top ten. Fargo and Grand Forks earned a spot on the list at fifth and eighth, respectively, just as they did a year ago.
The ten drunkest cities in the U.S. are as follows:
- Green Bay, WI
- Eau Claire, WI
- Appleton, WI
- Madison, WI
- Fargo, ND
- Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
- Missoula, MT
- Grand Forks, ND
- Wausau, WI
- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI
Look at all those Wisconsin cities! What gives, North Dakota? And where are we at, Bismarck?
The determining factors in the rankings were median household income, poverty rates, median age, bachelor’s degree attainment rates, and share of the population in college or graduate school. As for the North Dakota cities that made the list, it's no surprise two big college towns in our state show up on this list.
In Grand Forks, 13 percent of the population is enrolled in college or graduate school, which is almost double the 7 percent national average. In Fargo, the metro population has the 2nd highest excessive drinking rate in the country. Here were the listed factors for both Fargo and Grand Forks:
5. Fargo, ND-MN
> Pct. adults drinking to excess: 25.2%
> Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 38.0%
> Est. number of restaurants and bars: 433 (181.8 per 100,000)
> Median household income: $60,009
8. Grand Forks, ND-MN
> Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.2%
> Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 34.0%
> Est. number of bars: 45
> Median household income: $53,443
As for Bismarck, whether or not you're relieved or disappointed it didn't make this list, we all know that we have plenty of alcohol flowing throughout our city. Drink responsibly, Bismarck! Cheers!