Ranking the 20 Drunkest Cities in America

By: Jon Corrigan

Before we even start, allow to me clarify: This is a ranking of the drunkest cities in America, not just the state of Wisconsin. Because, as you’ll soon find, those cheeseheads sure like to booze.

In May 2016, 24/7 Wall Street created this list based on self-reported drinking rates among adults in 381 metropolitan areas across the U.S. – specifically looking at the percentage of adult drinking to excess, percentage of driving deaths involving deaths and, lastly, overall premature deaths (before age 75).

Twelve of the 20 cities shown are from Wisconsin. Eighteen cities were from the Midwest.

No Michigan cities made the cut.

20. Corvallis, OR
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.2%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 32.0%
• Premature death: 229 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

19. Iowa City, IA
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.2%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 24.6%
• Premature death: 249 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

18. Lincoln, NE
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.3%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 26.7%
• Premature death: 270 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

17. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.3%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 37.2%
• Premature death: 347 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

16. Janesville-Beloit, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.4%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 40.0%
• Premature death: 346 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

15. Racine, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.5%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 35.5%
• Premature death: 319 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

14. Grand Forks, ND-MN
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.7%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 32.7%
• Premature death: 332 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

13. Missoula, MT
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.8%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 48.6%
• Premature death: 285 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
• Median household income: $44,289

12. Sheboygan, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.0%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.3%
• Premature death: 294 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

11. Wausau, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.1%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 27.0%
• Premature death: 270 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

10. Mankato-North Mankato, MN
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.2%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 20.8%
• Premature death: 250 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

9. Eau Claire, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.3%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 43.3%
• Premature death: 278 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

8. Ames, IA
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.4%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 11.8%
• Premature death: 214 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

7. Fond du Lac, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.6%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 25.9%
• Premature death: 285 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

6. La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 25.1%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 26.9%
• Premature death: 273 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

5. Fargo, ND-MN
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 25.2%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.5%
• Premature death: 280 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

4. Madison, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 25.5%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 38.7%
• Premature death: 259 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

3. Green Bay, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 25.6%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 47.5%
• Premature death: 290 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

2. Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 26.0%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 44.6%
• Premature death: 299 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

1. Appleton, WI
• Pct. adults drinking to excess: 26.8%
• Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 30.3%
• Premature death: 257 deaths before age 75 per 100,000

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