WalletHub's 2018 ranking of top sports cities from a fan perspective puts Denver above more than 400 other cities nationwide.
According to WalletHub, over three-quarters of all adults in the U.S. claim to be sports fans. And if you happen to be basically anywhere in public on game days in Denver, you'll see a sea of jerseys celebrating our many pro teams. That is one of the reasons that Denver ranks in the top 15 cities in the nation when it comes sports fans.
Wallethub's ranking examined data from 419 cities across 50 metrics related to the five largest sports in the U.S.: football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer. Each sports category was assigned a weight corresponding with the percentage of adults who claimed to follow the sport. For example, football was given an overall weight of 50 percent, as it has the most fans.
Overall, Boston was named the best city for sports fans, followed by Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and Chicago rounding out the top 5, respectively.
Across the five sports in the survey, Denver ranked 28th for football, 29th for basketball, 23rd for baseball, 14th for hockey, and 18th for soccer. It all combined to a No. 14 overall ranking for the Mile High City, just behind Miami and just ahead of Cincinnati. Green Bay ranked No. 1 in football, Los Angeles ranked No. 1 in basketball and soccer, New York ranked No. 1 in baseball, and Boston took top honors in hockey. Check out the map below of the cities included in the study:
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"To say that Americans love sports is an understatement. It’s in our blood. We value sports as much for their personal and social benefits as for the thrill and drama of the game," says WalletHub.
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