Most hungover cities


Everybody pop a bottle and let's say goodbye and good riddance to 2016. While some people may look at New Year's Eve as a time to reflect and get ready for a fresh start, for others, the holiday is all about ringing in the new year with a champagne toast (or two). So where are these party people?

To find out, Trulia refreshed its Hangover Index to see where you'll likely find the most people nursing a killer hangover on January 1. First, we ranked 150 large American cities based on the number of drinking establishments, firecracker stores, party supply stores and party equipment rental stores per household. We then looked at the share of young adults, aged 18-34, and the share of adults who say they've had at least 1 binge drinking incident within a month of the survey. To calculate the index, each city was then ranked on each of these categories. The city with the most party suppliers, young people and binge drinkers scored higher as a place to party.

You might think New York City is the center for New Year's Eve celebrations, but the home of the ball drop doesn't even make the top 10! Instead, if you are looking for a good time (and a headache to follow) to start 2017 off right, head West! San Francisco and San Diego top the list at #1 and #2 spot respectively, while New York City is ranked #34 on our list. Check out which cities ranked highest on our Hangover Index below.

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If poppin' champagne isn't in your plans, check out Trulia's New Year's Eve "By the Numbers*." You might be pleased to learn that hangovers cost Americans $148 million per year due to missed work and poor job performance.

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Regardless of where and how you celebrate, we wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

Methodology: Yelp data was gathered on drinking establishments, firecracker stores, party supply stores and party equipment rental stores. Additionally, the percent of each metro's population made up of people ages 18 through 34 was calculated using census data and the percent of each metro's population who reported binge drinking was pulled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each metro was then ranked on each of these categories and an overall rank was derived from these rankings.

Discover the best hangover cures out there:

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For some, coffee is a great way to help ease a hangover. However, some people may find it causes a stomachache.

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As drinking makes you dehydrated, water is a must to help both prevent and remedy a hangover.

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More often than not, a hangover comes with a nasty headache. Ibuprofen can help ease the pain of a headache the next morning. Some even swear that taking one before bed will help significantly.

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"Sweat it out!" Instead of laying around all day basking in your pain, try exercising your hangover away. Endorphins will help to boost your mood at the same time.

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The one sure fire way to avoid a hangover is to go sober for the night. Whether you opt to be the designated drive or not, avoiding alcohol all together is the only way to guarantee no hangover.

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It's undeniable that a greasy breakfast often makes you feel better initially, but most likely the feeling won't last. Just eggs is a better choice than the extra bacon and cheese grease.

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Sports drinks are a great way to rehydrate yourself after a long night of drinking.

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If you find your stomach feeling queasy the next day, try eating crackers or toast to help calm your stomach.

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Don't forget to take your daily vitamins if you're hungover--they will help get your body back on track.

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Like crackers and toast, Alka Seltzer is a great way to calm an upset stomach.

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If you can't bring yourself to exercise, hit the sauna to "sweat it out!"

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When in doubt, roll back over and get some more sleep until the hangover goes away.

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*Facts included in the By the Numbers graphic were sourced from the following: 2000 Study from Annals of Internal Medicine, Patch.com, and an interview with Union College anthropologist James Schaefer.

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