Which city in the Northeast was rated the best sports city in America?
There is absolutely no question that the city you currently live in, or the city you grew up in, is the best sports city in America.
Except maybe there is some question. And now there are some answers.
The website WalletHub, which in the past has ranked American cities for their citizenry’s appreciation and support of football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, has compiled those statistics and created the list of the Best and Worst Sports Cities in the U.S.
WalletHub gave greater credence to football fans based on the total percentage of adults in the U.S. who claim to follow that particular sport, according to the Global Sports Media Consumption Report. The order of the other sports based on popularity were basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.
(The methodology of each of the sports rankings can be seen here.)
“A good sports city is one whose citizens support the teams in that city regardless if their teams are in first place or last place,’’ said Dallas Branch, an associate professor in the Sports Management Program at West Virginia University to WalletHub. “In addition, the sports teams become synonymous with one another. In other words, it is hard to conceive of one without the other.”
After ranking 341 cities and towns overall, WalletHub then created separate lists for cities based on the population of the community.
The overall winner in the ranking was Boston, which had top 10 rankings for hockey and football but had no ranking below 21st (baseball).
The remaining top five cities overall were:
Denver (fourth for football)
East Lansing, Mich. (second for football)
Pittsburgh (first for hockey, third for football)
Washington, D.C. (ninth for soccer)
(To see the complete list, click here).
Among mid-size cities (those with populations between 100,000 and 300,000), Ann Arbor, Mich., topped the list, followed by Cincinnati, Orlando, Gainesville, Fla., and Norman, Okla.
Among small cities (with a population below 100,000), East Lansing obviously took the top spot, followed by Stanford, Calif., Chapel Hill, N.C., West Point, N.Y., and Clemson, S.C.
Green Bay, Wis., got the No. 1 nod for football (but was 92nd overall), while Storrs, Conn., got the top nod for basketball (58th overall), St. Louis was No. 1 for baseball (and 12th overall), and Salt Lake City got the top position for soccer (and was 64th overall).
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.