WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
WalletHub’s top 10 U.S. cities for Oktoberfest celebrations include:
- New York City, New York
- Denver, Colorado
- Portland, Oregon
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Seattle, Washington
- Chicago, Illinois
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Orlando, Florida
New York City, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco tie for the most German restaurants per capita, though none have the highest percentage of German population in the United States. Cities with the highest percentage of German population include Lincoln, Nebraska; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Madison, Wisconsin; and Omaha, Nebraska.
When ranking the cities, WalletHub also looked at breweries per capita, pretzel shops per capita, bar accessibility, number of Oktoberfest festivals and parties and ticket prices for each, beer prices, crime rates and DUI-related fatalities.
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