"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin could not have been more right when he made that quote. Maybe that is why people are so much happier in Missoula than the rest of the country. Well, most of the country at least.

The website SmartAsset.com did their annual study of beer drinkers in the United States.

According to their study, they compiled specific data.

To do so, we compared 384 cities across the following metrics: total number of breweries, breweries per 100,000 residents, average number of beers per brewery, bars per 100,000 residents and the average price of a pint.

Some of what they discovered was:

  • Best to belly up to the bar in mid-sized cities. If you’re a beer drinker, don’t look to the biggest cities in the country. Instead, consider cities in the next tier down in terms of size. Eight of the top 10 cities in our study – all except Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado – have a population of 400,000 or fewer residents.
  • The top 10 cities are brimming with breweries. The average number of breweries per 100,000 residents is 3.88 across the whole study, while it is more than triple this figure across the top 10, at 12.47.

According to their study, Cincinnati claims the #1 spot. But, good ol Missoula Montana makes the top 10 list at #9. Why?

According to SmartAsset.com

Missoula only has nine total breweries, ranking 86th out of 384 for this metric. The relatively small population of 75,500, though, means that has nearly 12 breweries per 100,000 residents, which puts the college town at 13th for that metric. The low cost of cold one here may be the best thing Missoula has to offer to beer drinkers. The average price of a pint is just $3.50, which is the 35th-best price on this list.

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