PROHIBITION LIVES: LARGEST U.S. COUNTIES TO BE "DRY COUNTIES"
A substantial number of counties in the U.S., mostly from Texas to
Virginia, are still dry (meaning that no alcohol can be sold--either
in stores, restaurants or bars, though sometimes technicalities
will allow for private "members-only" clubs). Most dry
counties are rural, but some have surprisingly high populations.
A number of other counties partially restrict alcohol sales (like
no alcohol sold in stores, but restaurants can sell it).
Also, some cities within counties have partial or total bans (for
example, Lubbock, Texas, is the largest city to have no liquor sold
in stores, yet bars exist), and some counties would be dry except
for a city that has an exception (like Sevier County, Tennessee is
dry except for Gatlinburg). Confusing? Quite often yes.
#1 is Smith County, in eastern Texas, containing the city of Tyler.
The headquarters of Walmart (Bentonville, Arkansas) is in county #2,
and the #3 county contains some very conservative suburbs of Jackson,
Mississippi. In fact, all 10 of these counties had more votes for
Bush than Kerry (with the Bush votes ranging from 54% in Montgomery
County, Virginia to an utterly extreme 79% in Rankin County,
1. Smith, Texas
2. Benton, Arkansas
3. Rankin, Mississippi
4. Faulkner, Arkansas
5. Saline, Arkansas
6. Bowie, Texas
7. Montgomery, Virginia
8. Angelina, Texas
9. Cullman, Alabama
10. White, Arkansas
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