Everyone knows that Oregon has some of the best breweries in the country, and our wineries and distilleries rank right up there, too. Oregonians enjoy a good drink now and then, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that! Sometimes, we take it just a little too far, though. The website RoadSnacks.com ranked Oregon’s most drunk cities, based on a set of data that’s definitely open to interpretation. The criteria for their ranking included:
While these statistics might not be the most accurate, you’ll probably be surprised by the results. Here are the 10 drunkest cities in Oregon:
1. Lincoln City
Lincoln City gets the number one spot on the list. It comes in third in the state for number of bars per capita, and fourth for number of liquor stores. The divorce rate is pretty high, at 20.5%. Still, it's hard not to imagine cracking open a cold one while sitting on the beach, watching the sunset, isn't it?
Astoria has the second-highest number of liquor stores per capita in the state, and a fairly high divorce rate of 17%. Plenty of drunk Twitter posts came from this city, too (maybe next time, put down your phone when you're imbibing?)
Oregon's largest city comes in at a surprising third on this list. Portland has TONS of great breweries and pubs, and it's definitely the nightlife spot in the state. But because this list was compiled using date PER CAPITA, it's not at the top. That's ok, Portland. We know you're hip.
The idyllic town of Bend gets ranked fourth here. It's home to 28 microbreweries and of course, Deschutes. The town also hosts multiple alcohol-related festivals. Bend is definitely the place to stroll around a festival, beer in hand, and enjoy your community.
What's the deal, coastal towns? We'll tell you. Your small populations are skewing the numbers in RoadSnacks.com's study, that's what. Seaside has quite a few bars and liquor stores, especially when compared to the number of residents. Go ahead, Seaside. Have another drink. We'll have one with you!
Ok, at this point I'm thinking that the coastal towns aren't necessarily the drunkest...they just have a nice selection of pubs and liquor stores. Raise a glass, Brookings! And do it while checking out this view...
C'mon Florence...is it really that hard to stay married? Your divorce rate (a whopping 19.2%) landed you on this list. But really...what's the correlation between divorce and drinking? Other than he drove you to down a couple bottles of wine a day before you finally left...and I mean really, who could blame you?
Ashland, home of Southern Oregon University! Sure, the students there probably add to your stats. Still, it's worth remembering to put down that phone and avoid drunk tweeting - RoadSnacks.com shared this tweet, “Merry Christmas from Ashland Oregon! Who is getting drunk tonight?”
Go, Ducks! How can you not celebrate the fabulousness of your awesome university without a beer or two? Five breweries will help you find just the right beverage for whichever party you're attending.
10. Coos Bay
The largest city on the coast, Coos Bay is also home to lots of hard-working folks who deserve a cold one at the end of a long day. We're not going to begrudge you that, Coos Bay.