List of dry communities by U.S. state

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Map showing dry (red), wet (blue), and mixed (yellow) counties in the United States.

The following list of dry communities by U.S. state details all of the counties and municipalities in the United States of America that ban the sale of alcoholic beverages.

For more background information, see: Dry county and Prohibition in the United States.

Overview[edit]

States that permit localities to go dry[edit]

33 states have laws which allow localities to prohibit the sale (and in some cases, consumption and possession) of liquor. Still, many of these states have no dry communities. Three states, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, are entirely dry by default: counties specifically must authorize the sale of alcohol in order for it to be legal and subject to state liquor control laws.

States that preclude dry communities[edit]

17 states have laws which preclude the existence of any dry counties whatsoever:

Alabama[edit]

Of the 67 counties in Alabama, 3 are completely dry, 23 are partially dry or "moist" (these counties contain cities that have voted to allow alcohol sales), and 41 are completely wet.[54] Within those 23 "moist" counties, 41 city governments have legalized alcohol sales inside their city limits.

Alaska[edit]

Three terms describing Alaskan Villages in common usage:

There is wide variation of restrictions placed on the possession and movement of alcohol in the "damp" villages, some villages permit residents to order alcohol from stores outside the ban area and have it shipped in, while other villages require the person owning the alcohol to personally bring the alcohol into their jurisdiction.

Arkansas[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

Florida[edit]

There are three dry counties in Florida:

On August 16, 2011 Suwannee County voted by a margin of 7489 for becoming wet to 3612 for remaining dry, and by 7576 for sales by the package and drink to 2079 for sales by the package only.[59]

On August 28, 2012, Madison County voted wet[60]

Georgia[edit]

Georgia voters recently approved the sale of alcohol on Sundays at retail locations, and has limits on the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants. Most counties that are wet are allowing liquor, grocery and retail stores to sell from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. No sales of alcohol on Christmas Day.

Illinois[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Kansas had prohibition longer than any other state (except Mississippi), from 1881 to 1948, and continued to prohibit bars selling liquor by the drink until 1987. Both the 1948 amendment to the Kansas Constitution which ended prohibition and the 1986 amendment which allowed for open saloons provided that the amendments only would be in effect in counties which had approved the respective amendments, either during the election over the amendment itself or subsequently.

All counties in Kansas have approved the 1948 amendment, but 19 dry counties never approved the 1986 amendment and therefore continue to prohibit any and all sale of liquor by the drink.[65] Public bars (so-called "open saloons") are illegal in these dry counties. Another 59 counties (including Johnson County, the largest county in Kansas and the largest Kansas portion of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area) approved the 1986 amendment but with a requirement that to sell liquor by the drink, an establishment must receive 30% of its gross revenues from food sales.[66] Only 17 counties in Kansas approved the 1986 amendment without any limitation, allowing liquor to be sold by the drink without any food sales requirement.[67]

Kentucky[edit]

Of the 120 counties in Kentucky, 38 counties are dry, 33 are wet, and the remaining 49 are either "moist" or dry with special circumstances.[68]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Nevada[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

Only four dry communities remain in New Hampshire. Brookfield, Ellsworth, Monroe and Sharon.[74]

New Jersey[edit]

New Jersey has no dry counties, but as of 2013, 35 municipalities (out of 565 statewide) prohibit the retail sale of alcohol.[75] Most of the dry towns are in South Jersey, and some of them are dry because of their origins as Quaker, Methodist, or other Protestant religious communities.[76] Dry towns in New Jersey cannot forbid the possession, consumption, or transportation of alcohol, but have the option to permit or prohibit BYOB at restaurants and social affair permits for non-profit organizations.[77][78] It is possible for a dry town to have a winery or brewery that offers tastings, since alcohol manufacturing licenses in New Jersey are issued by the state, and are not regulated by municipalities.[79][80]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

South Dakota[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

Of Texas's 254 counties, 11[87] are completely dry, 194[87] are partially dry or "moist", and 49 are entirely wet. The vast majority of entirely wet counties are in southern border regions of Texas near Mexico, or in the south central part of the state. The patchwork of laws can be confusing, even to residents. In some counties, only 4% beer is legal. In others, beverages that are 14% or less alcohol are legal. In some "dry" areas, a customer can get a mixed drink by paying to join a "private club," and in some "wet" areas a customer needs a club membership to purchase liquor by-the-drink, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The newspaper demonstrates how variable the alcohol laws can be, even within small geographic areas. "...Move to Burleson, which has alcohol sales in the Tarrant County portion of the city but not in the Johnson County side of town.".[88] Today beer and wine can be purchased in all parts of Burleson. The only location in the county where liquor can be purchased is at a couple of stores inside the city limits of Alvarado.

Texas state law prohibits off-premises sale of liquor all day on Sundays and off-premises sale of beer and wine before 12:01 p.m. on Sundays.

Wisconsin[edit]

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