2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Basketball Fans

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With March Madness in full swing and basketball being the third most followed sport in America, the personal finance website WalletHub followed up on its March Madness By The Numbers infographic with a look at 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Basketball Fans.

To find the best cities for NBA and college basketball fans, WalletHub’s analysts compared 297 of the largest cities across 18 key metrics, ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility.

Best Cities for Basketball Fans

1. Los Angeles, CA

2. Boston, MA

3. San Antonio, TX

4. Salt Lake City, UT

5. Oakland, CA

6. Cleveland, OH

7. Miami, FL

8. Washington, DC

9. Chicago, IL

10. Orlando, FL

Worst Cities for Basketball Fans

288. Bakersfield, CA

289. Lynchburg, VA

290. Pocatello, ID

291. Piscataway, NJ

292. Jersey City, NJ

293. New Britain, CT

294. Riverside, CA

295. Grambling, LA

296. Hackensack, NJ

297. Clinton, SC

Comparing the Best & Worst

The San Antonio Spurs have the highest performance level among NBA teams, 71.14 percent, which is three times better than Orlando Magic, the team with the lowest, 27.64 percent.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have the highest performance level among college basketball teams, 88.03 percent, which is 11 times better than the Grambling State Tigers, the team with the lowest, 8.05 percent.

New York has the highest average ticket price for an NBA game, $98, which is three times more expensive than in New Orleans, the city with the lowest, $30.

Morgantown, W.Va., has the highest number of sports bars per 100,000 residents, 49.8, which is 57 times greater than in Provo, Utah, the city with the lowest, 0.9.

Dallas has the highest attendance rate for NBA games, which is two times higher than in Philadelphia, the city with the lowest.


Source: WalletHub

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