Congratulations, Fresno! You’re America’s Drunkest City!


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It wasn’t officially a competition, but we do have a winner (according to the fine folks at MEN’S HEALTH magazine).

By an overwhelming margin, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN NAMED AMERICA’S DRUNKEST CITY out of 100 entries!  Time to celebrate!

Web Watch is sure that you’re asking how Fresno earned this vaulted honor.  It was quite easy, actually.

Men’s Health took into account the following pieces of information:

  • Death rate from alcoholic liver disease
  • Deaths due to DUI
  • The number of DUI arrests
  • The number of admitted binge drinkers in the past month
  • The severity — or lack thereof — of DUI penalties 

Cities were rated on a scale with 1 being the worst in the selected category.  The lower your overall score ended up, the higher your city ranked on the “drunkest city” list.   Let’s take a look, shall we? 

We already know that Fresno, California is America’s Drunkest City — but who were the 99 runners-up?

  1. Fresno, California
  2. Reno, Nevada
  3. Billings, Montana
  4. Riverside, California
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. St. Louis, Missouri
  7. San Antonio, Texas
  8. Lubbock, Texas
  9. Tucson, Arizona
  10. Bakersfield, California
  11. Las Vegas, Nevada
  12. Modesto, California
  13. Columbia, South Carolina
  14. Nashville, Tennessee
  15. Madison, Wisconsin
  16. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  17. Denver, Colorado
  18. Phoenix, Arizona
  19. Cheyenne, Wyoming
  20. Sacramento, California
  21. New Orleans, Louisiana
  22. Toledo, Ohio
  23. Aurora, Colorado
  24. El Paso, Texas
  25. Corpus Christi, Texas
  26. Fargo, North Dakota
  27. San Diego, California
  28. Lexington, Kentucky
  29. Tampa, Florida
  30. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  31. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  32. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  33. Jacksonville, Florida
  34. Detroit, Michigan
  35. Boise City, Idaho
  36. Kansas City, Missouri
  37. Washington DC
  38. Montgomery, Alabama
  39. Omaha, Nebraska
  40. Portland, Oregon
  41. Anchorage, Alaska
  42. Birmingham, Alabama
  43. Greensboro, North Carolina
  44. Wichita, Kansas
  45. St. Petersburg, Florida
  46. Burlington, Vermont
  47. Houston, Texas
  48. Los Angeles, California
  49. Charleston, West Virginia
  50. Orlando, Florida
  51. Spokane, Washington
  52. Lincoln, Nebraska
  53. Arlington, Texas
  54. Des Moines, Iowa
  55. Fort Worth, Texas
  56. Providence, Rhode Island
  57. Anaheim, California
  58. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  59. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  60. Baltimore, Maryland
  61. Indianapolis, Indiana
  62. Louisville, Kentucky
  63. Raleigh, North Carolina
  64. Seattle, Washington
  65. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  66. Buffalo, New York
  67. Wilmington, Delaware
  68. Hartford, Connecticut
  69. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  70. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  71. Memphis, Tennessee
  72. Cincinatti, Ohio
  73. Cleveland, Ohio
  74. Charlotte, North Carolina
  75. Oakland, California
  76. Little Rock, Arkansas
  77. Dallas, Texas
  78. Richmond, Virginia
  79. San Jose, California
  80. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  81. Jackson, Mississippi
  82. Jersey City, New Jersey
  83. Columbus, Ohio
  84. Atlanta, Georgia
  85. Chicago, Illinios
  86. San Francisco, California
  87. St. Paul, Minnesota
  88. Honolulu, Hawaii
  89. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  90. Portland, Maine
  91. Manchester, New Hampshire
  92. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  93. New York, New York
  94. Durham, North Carolina
  95. Newark, New Jersey
  96. Miami, Florida
  97. Salt Lake City, Utah
  98. Rochester, New York
  99. Yonkers, New York
  100. Boston, Massachusetts