Florida's Drunkest Cities? Not Miami, But Old People Meccas

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U.S. News and World Reports has unleashed a top ten list of America's drunkest cities. Florida dominates the list with whopping three cities on the top ten. Surely, Miami, America's nightlife capital, would make the list? Or perhaps Fort Liquordale or Ernest Hemingway's favorite booze-drenched isle of Key West?

Nope. Apparently the places doing the most drinking are boring ol' towns better known for their retirement communities then their bars.

The Palm Bay-Melbourne area comes in second in the country. 9.1 percent of the population reportedly "drinks heavily" there. Oddly, U.S. News doesn't cite the source of their numbers, but only Reno-Nevada beat out the Melbourne area.

Interestingly, 19.90 percent of residents in the area are 65 or older. Only 12.8 percent of the total U.S. population and 17.8 percent of the total Florida population is 65 or older.

Naples-Marco Island comes in seventh on the list with 8.5 percent of the population drinking heavily. An astounding 24.50 percent of people in Collier County are 65 or older.

Finally Cape Coral comes in 9th on the list with a heavy drinking rate of 8.1 percent. 19.6 percent of the population is 65 or older.

Only 13.3 percent of people in Miami-Dade are 65 or older, in case you're wondering.

We're not saying necessarily that old people love to get drunk. Perhaps a more likely explanation: the younger populations in those cities, forced to confront the specter of death and aging on a daily basis, and living in a town where there's not much going on in the ways of youth culture, have resigned themselves to a state of perpetual drunkenness.

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ZangKoo2
ZangKoo2

Wow thats like totally insane dude, Areyou serious? Wow.www.Total-Privacy dot US

human
human

The Author is obviously not big on facts or common sense.  First, all his facts are wrong on the rankings themselves.  Second he doesn't take "per capita" into account (there are more old people in Miami-Ft Lauderdale than anywhere else in Florida) and third he doesn't seem to realize that tourists like to drink when on vacation.  It shouldn't surprise anyone that America's top vacation destination tops the list for activities that tourists like to do.

Additionally, the #2 city on the list is Naples. The average age in Naples is 35, so, well he's wrong again.  Unless he considers 35 old, which based on this "article" makes sense.  No doubt Kyle will benefit from a college education when he graduates from high school.  

Autosdirect706
Autosdirect706

Naples Florida is a hell-hole on earth for old people

Bronson Page
Bronson Page

7th?!  Come on Naples, you're slipping.

Whoisthedoctor
Whoisthedoctor

i'd like to know where all this drinking is taking place in naples

AJ Dunevent (Melbourne, FL)
AJ Dunevent (Melbourne, FL)

"Apparently the places doing the most drinking are boring ol' towns better known for their retirement communities then their bars."

Please leave the writing to people who can differentiate "then" and "than" in their articles.  I couldn't even read the rest after seeing that.

Homer Butt
Homer Butt

I'll bet it's not so much the actual retirees who are drinking as the poor, beleaguered people who have to deal with said retirees on a daily basis. I've got your early-bird special right here, gramps.

Keysdude123
Keysdude123

Obviously the "researchers" have never been to the Keys -- which have the highest DUI rate among the state's 67 counties (check the FDLE for citation) and drink more than any other county (check the state Health Department for citation).

human
human

Key West is #1 on the list, this article is poorly written and researched.

Guest
Guest

Newsflash: Young people fear death and deride the elderly, who serve as the face of their fears.

SD40-2T
SD40-2T

Us retired folks drink for the same reason the  rest of you do,we enjoy it and we have more time to do it in!

Toddrebol
Toddrebol

Tallahassee, with its 70,000 college students, lobbyists, and legislators, has to be at the top of the list.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

A lot of it has to do with how much a drink costs in these places. A happy hour beer in Miami is close to a full price beer elsewhere in the state. Not to mention you can get a 6 pack for what they sell them for at regular price. What they really need to do is put out the stats on other drugs. Just me, but with all the pill mills around here being raided & shut down, I bet that's where the drug abuse shifted to ?

Guest
Guest

"Oddly, U.S. News doesn't cite the source of their numbers..."

So now we're citing *unsourced* statistics from other publications? Journalism is dead, dead, dead.

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