Iowa City, Dubuque among drunkest cities in America according to study
The state of Iowa is home of three of the drunkest cities in America according to a new study.
24/7 Wall Street reviewed the percentage of adults 18 and older who reported "drinking to excess" within a 30 day period across 381 metro areas. To compare, the national average was 18 percent.
Iowa City was listed as the "drunkest city" in Iowa, ranking 13th in the survey. 23.1 percent of adults reported drinking to excess. Like many college towns, the Iowa City metro area has a higher concentration of bars and restaurants with about 229 per 100,000 people. The national average for drinking establishment concentration is about 184 places per 100,000 people.
Dubuque was right behind Iowa City ranked at 14th, with 23 percent of adults admitting to drinking in excess. More alarming is the city's rate of driving deaths involving alcohol—40 percent of driving deaths involve drunk driving. Nationwide, that rate is about 30 percent.
Another college town in Iowa, Ames, ranked 19th on the list.
Green Bay, Wisconsin took the top spot on the list. On the other side of the spectrum, Provo, Utah was the driest metro area in the United States.