The 5 Easiest Places To Say, "I'll Drink To That!"

You could say that there's a connection between the American version of St. Patrick's Day and drinking. But green-dyed beer aside, after the tough winter so many have had, it's understandable that many might be looking for a chilled adult beverage of one sort of another.

And where are the best chances to get a drink? It's probably smartest to head to where you can find the most bartenders per capita. CareerBuilder put together an analysis of data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. to pinpoint where one might find significantly more than the average 1.8 bartenders per thousand people in the country. Hint: Top spot Key West sported 13.3 bartenders per thousand. Here is an interactive map that CareerBuilder put together:

And here are the top 5 destinations for density of bartenders. The numbers can be deceptive, because many of the locations are tourist destinations, meaning that looking at the local population as barometer might undercount the actual number of people who belly up to the bar.

Key West, Florida

And you thought that the song Margaritaville was just some fanciful entertainment. Key West offers sun, beaches, art, museums (including Ernest Hemingway's former home), fishing, and theater, according to, and a laid-back atmosphere as Jimmy Buffett would tell you.

Bartenders per 1,000 people: 13.3

> Find a bartender job in Florida

Spearfish, South Dakota

The area is located between Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower National Monument, according to Expect plenty of walking, hiking, and biking trails, rock climbing, shops, and breweries.

Bartenders per 1,000 people: 8.5

> Find a bartender job in South Dakota

Jackson, Wyoming

On the Wyoming-Idaho border in Jackson Hole Valley, the town is close to major ski resorts, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the National Elk Refuge, according to There are plenty of outdoor activities, including hunting, hot air ballooning, golf, hang gliding, hiking, and rafting.

Bartenders per 1,000 people: 8.3

> Find a bartender job in Wyoming

Baraboo, Wisconsin

Baraboo isn't one of the larger tourist destinations on the list. But you can see the Circus World Museum, the historic downtown area, or attend the wine walks or brew festival, according to, which could help explain the prevalence of bartenders.

Bartenders per 1,000 people: 8.1

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Breckenridge, Colorado

The area promotes itself for skiing and spring break, as the site shows. The latter alone could explain a lot.

Bartenders per 1,000 people: 8.1

> Find a bartender job in Colorado

Another way of looking at bartender density is by state, in which case the "winners" in bartenders per thousand are North Dakota (5.2), Montana (5.2), Nevada (5.1), Wisconsin (4.0), and Wyoming (3.9). And the states where you'll find the fewest barkeeps are Arkansas (0.6), Alabama (0.7), Mississippi (0.8), Kentucky (0.9), and Georgia (1.0).
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