2019’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans

by | Mar 13, 2019 | Sports Featured

With March Madness just under a week away, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its March Madness Stats & Facts infographic as well as its report on 2019’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans and accompanying videos to help get hoops lovers psyched for this magical time of year.

To find 2019’s top spots for NCAA hoops, WalletHub crunched the numbers on more than 280 cities using nine key metrics. They range from the number of teams per city and the winning percentage of each to stadium capacity and social-media engagement.

Best Cities for College Hoops Fans Worst Cities for College Hoops Fans
1 Lawrence, KS 280 Bethlehem, PA
2 Durham, NC 281 Huntsville, AL
3 Los Angeles, CA 282 Cookeville, TN
4 East Lansing, MI 283 Jersey City, NJ
5 Chapel Hill, NC 284 Minneapolis, MN
6 Storrs, CT 285 Hackensack, NJ
7 Philadelphia, PA 287 Montgomery, AL
8 Lexington, KY 287 Daytona Beach, FL
9 Fayette, MS 288 Pocatello, ID
10 Loretto, PA 289 New Britain, CT

Best vs. Worst

  • The Villanova Wildcats have the highest current winning percentageamong college basketball teams, 88.80%, which is 6.6 times higher than the Chicago State Cougars, the team with the lowest at 13.54%.
  • Hamilton, New York, and Jackson, Mississippi, both have the least expensive season tickets, starting at $45, 25.9 times less than a season of hoops in Lexington, Kentucky ($1,166).
  • Thanks to John Wooden and UCLA, Los Angeles is home to the country’s most national championship banners (11), while Philadelphia has the most regular season titles (91).

To read the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:

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