Ever find yourself curious about what our fellow New Yorkers are up to? Well, according to the statistics over at
County Health Rankings, some of our residents would appear to be having a little too much fun. Taking the percentage of adults that reportedly binge or drink heavily and the percent of driving deaths that had alcohol involvement, it would show that these twelve counties in the Empire State are the absolute drunkest.
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1. Jefferson County
Falling within Jefferson County, the city of Watertown has been known for being one of New York State's drunkest cities in the past. Making it of little surprise to anyone who already knew this, statistics would show that this county is drunkest. Jefferson County had 23% of its residents report excessive drinking, an entire 2% higher than the second most drunken county on our list. And out of the 72 driving deaths that happened between 2009 and 2013, 22 of them were alcohol related.
2. St. Lawrence County
Apparently our residents up north like to throw back a bottle or two! Right above Jefferson county is the northern county of St. Lawrence. A total of 21% of residents reported excessive drinking and out of the 56 driving deaths between 2009 and 2013, 24 of them were alcohol related.
3. Saratoga County
Bringing you down to the Southern Adirondacks, Saratoga County had 21% of residents report excessive drinking and out of the 91 driving deaths, a total of 17 were related to alcohol.
4. Broome County
Out along our Southern Tier, Broome County's only city is the well-known Binghamton. According to statistics, 21% of the Broome's residents reported excessive drinking and out of the 64 driving deaths, a total of 15 were alcohol related between 2009 and 2013.
5. Clinton County
Up in New York's northern corner in the east, Clinton County has a population of over 82,000 residents and 21% of them reported excessive drinking. According the reports out of the 54 driving deaths in the county, a total of 13 of them were alcohol related.
6. Rennselaer County
Tucked along New York's eastern border, Rennselaer County's only two cities are Rennselaer and Troy. With a county population of roughly 160,000, a total of 21% of residents reported excessive drinking. Rennselaer County also had 60 driving deaths between the years 2009 and 2013, 12 of which were alcohol related.
7. Livingston County
Out in Western New York below Monroe County, Livingston County has no cities - just scenic small towns. The county's population is only a total of 65,000, with 21% of those residents reporting excessive drinking. With the fifth fewest amount of overall driving deaths on this list, out of the 43 that took place between 2009 and 2013 - 12 of them were alcohol related.
8. Putnam County
Way downstate just above Westchester County, the county of Putnam falls along our state's eastern border near Connecticut and has nearly 100,000 residents. Out of all the people living in Putnam County there are 21% of them who have reported excessive drinking. Between 2009 and 2013 there were 41 driving deaths and only 8 of them were alcohol related. Putnam County has the fourth lowest alcohol related deaths and overall driving deaths on our list.
9. Wyoming County
Right to the west of Livingston County, these two neighboring areas of our state managed to make New York's top ten drunkest counties. Another county that features no cities, the county's most well-known towns are Arcade, Attica and Castile. With just over 42,000 residents, 21% of these people reported excessive drinking. The county is also home to the lowest overall driving and alcohol related deaths, with only two of the 19 driving deaths between 2009 and 2013 being related to alcohol.
10. Suffolk County
It's hard not to crave a delicious adult beverage when you're surrounded by beautiful views of the ocean and hanging out on the beach. And it would appear that our Long Island residents fully agree with this statement too! With a population of over 1.5 million New Yorkers, it's not hard to see how this county could land on a list like this. Out of over the million residents that call this place home, a total of 20% of them have reported excessive drinking. When it comes to the 716 driving deaths that took place between 2009 and 2013, 164 of them ended up being alcohol related.
11. Seneca County
Right in the heart of our Finger Lakes Region, Seneca County only has a population of just over 35, 000 people. According the statistics, 20% of these residents reported excessive drinking and out of the 30 driving deaths that took place, a total of 12 of them were alcohol related.
12. Schenectady County
A neighbor of Rennselaer County, it would appear that many of the counties that made their way onto this list have come in a hand holding buddy system of two! The county to have the second lowest amount of overall and alcohol related driving deaths. Between 2009 and 2013 Schenectady had 27 driving deaths, only 5 of which were alcohol related.