The Drunkest (and Driest) Cities in America

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5. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
11.2%
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 18.7%
>Premature death: 290 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $64,301

In Ogden-Clearfield, only 11.2% of adults drink excessively, one of the smallest shares in the country. As a result, alcohol related roadway fatalities are far less common in Ogden than they are across the country. Only 18.7% of deadly car accidents involve alcohol compared to a 31.0% national rate.

4. Logan, UT-ID
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
11.2%
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 16.0%
>Premature death: 226 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $51,497

Only 11.2% of adults in Logan drink excessively, a smaller share than in all but three other U.S. metro areas. Healthy behaviors often lead to healthy outcomes, and only 226 Logan residents per 100,000 die annually before age 75, one of the lowest premature death rates in the country.

3. Beckley, WV
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
10.4%
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 32.7%
>Premature death: 553 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $39,498

Despite having the lowest excessive drinking rate in West Virginia and the third lowest such rate in the country, the health of Beckley residents is relatively poor. Due in part to a number of poor health measures, including high smoking and inactivity rates, Beckley has the highest rate of premature death in the country.

2. St. George, UT
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
9.9%
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 14.5%
>Premature death: 269 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $49,981

Unhealthy behaviors are uncommon in St. George. Only 9.9% of adults drink excessively and only 8.4% of the adult population smokes, each the second lowest such rate of any U.S. metro area.

1. Provo-Orem, UT
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
9.2%
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 14.9%
>Premature death: 251 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $60,890

Utah is home to a large Mormon population, a religion that explicitly forbids alcohol consumption. Only 9.2% of adults in the Provo-Orem metro area drink excessively, the smallest such share in the country. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a number of health complications, and premature death is far less common in Provo-Orem than it is across the country.