Prescott folks sometimes feel a bit competitive with their neighboring communities. Sports rivalries are strong, tourism efforts are intense, and we’d rather keep our shoppers here instead of seeing them head off to Phoenix. Of course, as we’ve all heard over and over in the last few years, Prescott evidently leads Arizona in sober living home establishments.
This week, however, Prescott has fallen behind in a couple of areas that might be surprising.
Drunkest City in Arizona? Nope!
“Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting.” ~ Mark Twain
You'd expect that a city which claims Whiskey Row as a signature attraction, plus has many breweries and countless other adult-beverage opportunities, would win the dubious accolade of being the “drunkest city” in Arizona. But, the bragging rights to that particular honor go to Flagstaff, according to the website, 24/7 Wall Street. They made a determination based on data from the County Health Ranking and Roadmaps website, which looks at a wide variety of health-related behaviors, including excessive drinking.
The definition of excessive drinking, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Binge drinking - Downing of 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men at a single sitting.
Heavy drinking - The weekly consumption of 15 or more drinks for men, and typically eight or more drinks for women.
Any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21.
In Yavapai County, the percentage of people reporting binge or heavy drinking is at 15%. But, Coconino County is up to 19%, quite a jump. The lowest in Arizona? La Paz and Gila Counties, with a modest 13% excessive drinking score. Pima County is at 16%, and Maricopa County is at 17%.
(By the way, Appleton, Wisconsin is the drunkest city in the nation at 26.8%. Yikes! Thats more than one-in-four. New residents in Prescott’s sober living establishments coming soon.)
Out-Republican’d in Latest Election
It’s astonishing, but true. The Republican Women of Prescott is the largest group of Republican Women in the nation, tallying up an impressive membership of more than 700 active and associate members. John McCain holds election eve rallies at the Courthouse, bringing high-ranking Republicans from all over the state and country to join him. But in last week’s election, Yavapai voters only cast their ballots for Donald Trump by roughly 2:1 over Hillary Clinton.
Compare that to Mohave County, where the ‘Yes! Trump’ voters carried more than a 3:1 advantage over ‘Clintonites’.
Ah, well. Prescott is still in the top 10 for being a Best Town in Arizona for Young Families (take that, Flagstaff, you’re not even on the list!) and, as we all know, our hometown is one of the best places ever to retire in.