It’s that time of year again. Oktoberfest celebrations will be popping up all over this great land of ours. And it’s virtually impossible to not have fun at an Oktoberfest celebration, no matter which one you attend. However, if you want to visit the best Oktoberfests in America, we’ve got you covered with this new study recently published by WalletHub.
Here’s how they came up with their list of the best Oktoberfest celebrations…
To determine the best cities for Oktoberfest celebrations, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across three key dimensions: 1) Oktoberfest Traditions, 2) Costs and 3) Safety & Accessibility.
We evaluated those dimensions using 23 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best conditions for celebrating Oktoberfest.
Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the cities in our sample.
Got all that? Good.
First, let’s start out with the some fun facts about Oktoberfest…
— $5,000: Estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
— 1.61 Million: Gallons of beer consumed during Oktoberfest.
— 510,000: Number of whole roast chickens eaten, plus 240,000 sausages and 50,000 pork knuckles.
— $1.54 Billion: Oktoberfest’s annual economic impact on Munich.
Thaaaat’s a lot of food and beer. No wonder it’s so fun.
Now on to the important part: the rankings…
1. Cincinnati, OH
2. New York, NY
3. Portland, OR
4. Philadelphia, PA
5. Denver, CO
6. St. Louis, MO
7. Madison, WI
8. Orlando, FL
9. Pittsburgh, PA
10. Columbus, OH
11. Seattle, WA
12. San Francisco, CA
13. Lincoln, NE
14. Chicago, IL
15. Miami, FL
16. Buffalo, NY
17. Boise, ID
18. Colorado Springs, CO
19. Minneapolis, MN
20. Tampa, FL
And here are even more facts about why Oktoberfest is one of the greatest times of the year…
Check out the rest of the study for even more information and the rest of the Top 100 over at WalletHub.com.