Best and Worst Cities for Basketball Fans

    Best Cities for Basketball Fans

    We love basketball here in the United States. The fan base for the NBA exceeds the entire population of Spain. As for the business side, an NBA franchise is worth close to $1.4 billion on average.

    WalletHub, one of our favorite content providers, asked what defines a good basketball city? They took op-performing teams, revenues and traditions are all part of their formula on which city is the best.
    They crunched the numbers to find the best spots in America to love on your favorite hoop team. WallHub compared 293 of the largest cities based on 17 key metrics, ranging from the performance level of each NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility.

    Here you go – Click on your city to see where it ranks:

    Source: WalletHub

     

    Here is the list:

    Overall Rank (1=Best)CityTotal Score‘NBA’ Rank‘NCAA’ Rank
    1Los Angeles, CA60.7722
    2Boston, MA57.58139
    3Oakland, CA49.353292
    4San Antonio, TX48.26483
    5Salt Lake City, UT48.12730
    6Oklahoma City, OK46.746292
    7Cleveland, OH45.875204
    8Miami, FL42.998151
    9Chicago, IL42.5210109
    10Orlando, FL40.879219
    11Dallas, TX40.651298
    12Indianapolis, IN40.1511139
    13Memphis, TN39.461574
    14Portland, OR38.8714120
    15New York, NY38.472211
    16New Orleans, LA37.9316173
    17Atlanta, GA37.6213245
    18Houston, TX36.992022
    19Washington, DC36.182421
    20Detroit, MI35.8517197
    21Philadelphia, PA35.75265
    22Charlotte, NC35.7218174
    23Milwaukee, WI34.852340
    24Sacramento, CA34.7619156
    25Phoenix, AZ29.612787
    26Minneapolis, MN29.5821270
    27Durham, NC27.73283
    28Chapel Hill, NC27.32281
    29Denver, CO27.225276
    30East Lansing, MI24.56286
    31Lawrence, KS24.38287
    32Bloomington, IN24.19284
    33Lexington, KY23.9288
    34Storrs, CT23.89289
    35Cullowhee, NC23.532810
    36Morgantown, WV21.542812
    37Emmitsburg, MD21.192813
    38West Point, NY21.142814
    39Kingston, RI20.942815
    40Norman, OK20.562816
    41Ann Arbor, MI20.332817
    42College Park, MD20.052818
    43Cincinnati, OH19.762819
    44Provo, UT19.752820
    45Rosemont, IL19.152823
    46Charlottesville, VA18.942825
    47Itta Bena, MS18.92826
    48Ames, IA18.642827
    49Nacogdoches, TX18.632828
    50Princess Anne, MD18.232831
    51Lewiston, NY18.072832
    52Murray, KY17.972833
    53Blacksburg, VA17.862834
    54Athens, OH17.842835
    55Pullman, WA17.62836
    56Ruston, LA17.492837
    57Loretto, PA17.432824
    58Baton Rouge, LA17.272838
    59Fayette, MS16.992829
    60Morehead, KY16.842841
    61Austin, TX16.772842
    62Nashville, TN16.722843
    63Allegany, NY16.722844
    64Albany, NY16.712845
    65Dayton, OH16.72846
    66Hamilton, NY16.652847
    67South Bend, IN16.642848
    68Ogden, UT16.512849
    69Baltimore, MD16.52851
    70Huntsville, TX16.452852
    71Stillwater, OK16.442853
    72Orangeburg, SC16.382854
    73Eugene, OR16.322855
    74Gainesville, FL16.292856
    75Boiling Springs, NC16.272857
    76College Station, TX16.212858
    77Williamsburg, VA16.142859
    78Lexington, VA16.132860
    79Buies Creek, NC15.872861
    80San Francisco, CA15.812862
    81Providence, RI15.722863
    82Ypsilanti, MI15.612864
    83Norfolk, VA15.542865
    84Terre Haute, IN15.432866
    85Lewisburg, PA15.422867
    86Omaha, NE15.382868
    87New Rochelle, NY15.382869
    88Champaign, IL15.372870
    89Richmond, KY15.312871
    90Highland Heights, KY15.242872
    91Toledo, OH15.222873
    92Fayetteville, AR15.182850
    93Bowling Green, KY15.162875
    94Stony Brook, NY15.132876
    95Durham, NH15.12877
    96Green Bay, WI15.12878
    97Grambling, LA15.092879
    98Valparaiso, IN15.072880
    99Natchitoches, LA14.852881
    100San Diego, CA14.842882
    101Mount Pleasant, MI14.82884
    102Conway, SC14.792885
    103Columbia, SC14.772886
    104Worcester, MA14.722888
    105Montgomery, AL14.672889
    106Lafayette, LA14.622890
    107Moraga, CA14.592891
    108Hanover, NH14.582892
    109Troy, AL14.452893
    110Fargo, ND14.432894
    110Rock Hill, SC14.432894
    112Irvine, CA14.412896
    113West Lafayette, IN14.372897
    114Bowling Green, OH14.282899
    115Seattle, WA14.2628100
    116Boulder, CO14.2328101
    117Fort Collins, CO14.2128102
    118Johnson City, TN14.1828103
    119Arlington, TX14.0628104
    120Buffalo, NY14.0428105
    121Asheville, NC14.0228106
    122Little Rock, AR14.0128107
    123Newark, NJ13.9728108
    124El Paso, TX13.9628110
    125Fort Wayne, IN13.9328112
    126Statesboro, GA13.8928113
    127Harrisonburg, VA13.8528114
    128Charleston, IL13.7928116
    129Wilmington, NC13.7828117
    130Orem, UT13.7528118
    131Las Cruces, NM13.7428119
    132Farmville, VA13.6428121
    133Tulsa, OK13.6128122
    134Monroe, LA13.5828123
    135Kent, OH13.5728124
    136DeKalb, IL13.5428125
    137Fort Myers, FL13.528127
    138Martin, TN13.4828128
    139Tempe, AZ13.3528129
    140Annapolis, MD13.3328130
    141Boise, ID13.3228131
    142Santa Barbara, CA13.3228132
    143Greensboro, NC13.3128133
    144Newark, DE13.328134
    145Fairfield, CT13.2428135
    146Homewood, AL13.2428136
    147Denton, TX13.1428137
    148Normal, IL13.1328138
    149Thibodaux, LA13.0928140
    150Hammond, LA13.0728141
    151Hampton, VA13.0728142
    152Flagstaff, AZ13.0628143
    153Murfreesboro, TN13.0428144
    154Greeley, CO13.0328145
    155Jacksonville, FL13.0128146
    156Lawrence, NJ12.9628147
    157Las Vegas, NV12.9528148
    158Towson, MD12.9328149
    159Hempstead, NY12.9328150
    160Bakersfield, CA12.928152
    161State College, PA12.8928153
    162Davidson, NC12.8328111
    163Abilene, TX12.8228155
    164Tuscaloosa, AL12.7928157
    165Huntington, WV12.7628158
    166Long Beach, CA12.7628159
    167Raleigh, NC12.7428160
    168Madison, WI12.7428161
    169Pittsburgh, PA12.7228162
    170Stanford, CA12.7228115
    171Clarksville, TN12.6428164
    172Macon, GA12.6128165
    173Pine Bluff, AR12.5728167
    174Grand Forks, ND12.5428168
    175Vermillion, SD12.4528169
    176Tucson, AZ12.4328126
    177Oxford, OH12.428170
    178Lowell, MA12.3828171
    179Clemson, SC12.3428175
    180San Marcos, TX12.3428176
    181Louisville, KY12.2828177
    182Muncie, IN12.2828178
    183Honolulu, HI12.2328179
    184Elon, NC12.1428180
    185Winston-Salem, NC12.1428181
    186Greenville, SC12.1128182
    187Macomb, IL12.0928183
    188Edwardsville, IL12.0828184
    189Reno, NV11.9928186
    190Charleston, SC11.9828187
    191Greenville, NC11.9328188
    192Akron, OH11.9228189
    193Corpus Christi, TX11.928190
    194DeLand, FL11.8828191
    195Spokane, WA11.8328154
    196Iowa City, IA11.7928193
    197Conway, AR11.7428194
    198Logan, UT11.7328195
    199San Luis Obispo, CA11.6628196
    200Huntsville, AL11.6428198
    201Syracuse, NY11.6428163
    202Springfield, MO11.6328199
    203Kansas City, MO11.5928201
    204Oxford, MS11.5928166
    205Dover, DE11.5428202
    206Bozeman, MT11.4728203
    207Beaumont, TX11.3928205
    208Laramie, WY11.3828172
    209Stockton, CA11.3128206
    210Cheney, WA11.0828185
    211Des Moines, IA11.0428211
    212Boca Raton, FL11.0228212
    213Lubbock, TX1128213
    214Birmingham, AL10.9328215
    215Cedar City, UT10.8828216
    216Princeton, NJ10.8828192
    217Edinburg, TX10.8728217
    218Auburn, AL10.7728218
    219Orono, ME10.6728200
    220St. Louis, MO10.5828220
    221Lake Charles, LA10.5628221
    222Youngstown, OH10.4528222
    223Berkeley, CA10.4428223
    224Evansville, IN10.428224
    224Coral Gables, FL10.428207
    226Cambridge, MA10.3728225
    227Hartford, CT10.3328226
    228Spartanburg, SC10.2828208
    229Waco, TX10.2728209
    230Starkville, MS10.2628210
    231Richmond, VA10.0928214
    232Wichita, KS10.0728229
    233Columbus, OH9.9228233
    234San Jose, CA9.8328234
    235Columbia, MO9.6128235
    236Fullerton, CA9.4528236
    237Carbondale, IL9.4128227
    238Binghamton, NY9.3828237
    239Knoxville, TN9.328228
    240New Brunswick, NJ9.2828239
    241Brookings, SD9.2428230
    242New Haven, CT9.2428230
    243Rochester Hills, MI9.228241
    244Chattanooga, TN9.1228232
    245Albuquerque, NM9.1128242
    246Manhattan, KS8.7628246
    247Fort Worth, TX8.6228247
    248Cedar Falls, IA8.5928238
    249Corvallis, OR8.4728240
    250Evanston, IL8.4128250
    251Burlington, VT8.3728243
    252Amherst, MA8.2528244
    253Tallahassee, FL7.7828248
    254Radford, VA7.7628249
    255Missoula, MT7.5528251
    256Prairie View, TX7.228252
    257Boone, NC7.1728253
    258Long Branch, NJ7.1428254
    259Athens, GA7.0328255
    260Malibu, CA728256
    261High Point, NC6.9128257
    262Kalamazoo, MI6.6728258
    263Fresno, CA6.5728259
    264Moscow, ID6.5228260
    265Lincoln, NE6.3928261
    266Cookeville, TN6.2728262
    267Easton, PA6.1328263
    268Cape Girardeau, MO5.9128264
    269Bethlehem, PA5.8728265
    270Fairfax, VA5.6628266
    271Hattiesburg, MS5.5428267
    272Pocatello, ID5.4828268
    273Davis, CA5.428269
    274Jonesboro, AR5.1628271
    275Santa Clara, CA5.1528272
    276Mobile, AL5.0928273
    277Jacksonville, AL5.0628274
    278North Charleston, SC528275
    279Jersey City, NJ4.8428277
    280Savannah, GA4.8228278
    281Kennesaw, GA4.7328279
    282Colorado Springs, CO4.7228280
    283Jackson, MS4.7128281
    284Poughkeepsie, NY4.2528283
    284Ithaca, NY4.2528282
    286Lynchburg, VA4.2228284
    287Riverside, CA4.1728285
    288Hackensack, NJ4.1428286
    289Clinton, SC4.1328287
    290Daytona Beach, FL3.8228288
    291Peoria, IL3.8228289
    292Tampa, FL3.3428290
    293New Britain, CT2.7928291
     
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