St. Patrick's Day 2015: By the Numbers

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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With St. Patrick's Day coming up on Tuesday and the celebrations under way this weekend, the finance website WalletHub released its St. Patrick's Day By The Numbers report, which highlights the green spent on this costly celebration.

Despite its religious undertones, St. Patrick's Day ranks among the calendar's biggest drinking days, when the more than 33 million Irish-Americans and their compatriots around the world combine cocktails and cabbage all in the name of the Emerald Isle.


$4.6 billion will be spent on St. Paddy's Day 2015

$1.3 million - the market value of a pot of gold containing 1,000 1-ounce pieces of gold

$36.50: Average amount St. Patrick's partiers will spend


52.3 percent of Americans plan to celebrate

82.4 percent of celebrators plan to wear green

11 percent of Americans are planning a St. Patrick's Day vacation


70%: Increase in cabbage shipments during St. Patrick's week

45 lbs. of vegetable-based dye is used to dye the Chicago River green

13M: Pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick's Day


276: Drunk-driving casualties on St. Patrick Day (2009 - 2013)

75 percent of drivers involved in St. Patrick's Day DUI crashes are 2X over the legal limit

46 minutes - the interval at which alcohol-related crashes claim a life on St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's Day ranks 4th among the calendar's most popular drinking days - behind New Year's Eve, Christmas and the Fourth of July

33.3 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, 7x the population of Ireland

16 places in the U.S. are named Dublin


Map courtesy WalletHub