We’re home to the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation, and now—according to Niche—we are also the best city for celebrating the Irish holiday.

Based on new stats just released by the ranking and review company, Inc.—which is based in Shadyside and runs a heavily trafficked website featuring information on K-12 schools, colleges, cities and neighborhoods—Pittsburgh is the number one city to celebrate St. Paddy’s. And it’s not just for that green beer.

Niche compiled their list of the “Top 10 Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day” based on the following criteria: Access to Bars grade, St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Hype, percent Irish and the year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was established.

According to Niche, “Pittsburgh has one of the highest percentage of its population identifying as Irish, great access to bars (a combination of bars per 1000 residents and bars per square mile), a thriving St. Patrick’s Day Parade that boasts over 20,000 participants and a staggering amount of St. Patrick’s Day hype on Facebook.”

To qualify for the list, each city needed (1) a population of at least 100,000 residents, (2) a St. Patrick’s Day Parade that was at least 25 years old and (3) positive “Facebook Hype.” Their data comes from Niche, The American Community Survey and Facebook.

Who joins us in the Top 5? Boston, MA, Davenport, IA, Buffalo, NY and our neighbor to the east, Philadelpia, PA.

Read Niche’s “Top 10 Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.”

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.