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Best Cities For Professional And College Basketball Fans In America, 2020

Not too surprising, the city of Durham in North Carolina is the best city for professional and college basketball fans in the United States, according to WalletHub, when compared with more than 280 cities. It was followed by Durham (North Carolina), East Lansing (Michigan), Lawrence (Kansas), Los Angeles, and Lexington (Kentucky).

Fayette (Mississippi) came in 10th overall for best cities for basketball fans trailing Philadelphia, PA (No. 9); Loretto, PA (No.8 ); Storrs, CT (No. 7); Lexington, KY (No. 6), according to the findings.

To find the best cities for professional and college basketball fans in the United States, the personal-finance website compared more than 289 of the largest U.S. cities across 9 key metrics, ranging from the number of teams per city and the winning percentage of each to stadium capacity and social-media engagement.

best cities for college basketball fans in America, 2020

RankCityStateScore
1DurhamNC58.62
2Chapel HillNC53.68
3East LansingMI53.6
4LawrenceKS53.52
5Los AngelesCA53.15
6LexingtonKY52.6
7StorrsCT51.07
8LorettoPA50.7
9PhiladelphiaPA48.43
10FayetteMS46.25
11WashingtonDC42.69
12KingstonRI42.65
13BloomingtonIN42.08
14BostonMA41.68
15College ParkMD41.49
16New YorkNY41
17West PointNY40.83
18MorgantownWV40.51
19CharlottesvilleVA38.92
20Ann ArborMI38.29
21LewistonNY36.92
22Buies CreekNC36.54
23AmesIA35.92
24NormanOK35.76
25FayettevilleAR34.96
26Itta BenaMS34.44
27South BendIN34.23
28StillwaterOK33.6
29Salt Lake CityUT33.43
30HoustonTX32.91
31Iowa CityIA32.79
32ClemsonSC32.68
33West LafayetteIN32.34
34CincinnatiOH32.03
35MurrayKY31.93
36SpartanburgSC31.04
37ProvoUT30.96
38ChampaignIL30.79
39TulsaOK30.63
40Long BeachCA30.61
41HamiltonNY30.53
42SyracuseNY30.01
43LewisburgPA29.99
44HuntsvilleTX29.78
45PrincetonNJ29.73
46TroyAL29.61
47Highland HeightsKY29.61
48OmahaNE29.31
49Boiling SpringsNC28.97
50OgdenUT28.94
51NashvilleTN28.82
52ColumbiaSC28.73
53OrangeburgSC28.54
54EugeneOR28.47
55EmmitsburgMD28.44
56OleanNY28.26
57ChicagoIL28.25
58Prairie ViewTX28.17
59ProvidenceRI28.12
60SpokaneWA27.89
61LouisvilleKY27.83
62MemphisTN27.41
63ThibodauxLA27.37
64BaltimoreMD27.34
65LafayetteLA27.18
66RadfordVA27.17
67ToledoOH27.13
68DaytonOH27.05
69PullmanWA26.85
70CullowheeNC26.76
71KnoxvilleTN26.68
72KentOH26.65
73GramblingLA26.53
74DavidsonNC26.51
75StanfordCA26.43
76CheneyWA26.43
77DallasTX26.34
78NacogdochesTX26.34
79SeattleWA26.32
80RustonLA26.28
81Mount PleasantMI26.21
82Terre HauteIN26.19
83JacksonvilleAL26.15
84CarbondaleIL26.13
85LaramieWY26.08
86PhoenixAZ25.97
87New RochelleNY25.91
88DurhamNH25.87
89AthensOH25.84
90LexingtonVA25.83
91Johnson CityTN25.75
92IrvineCA25.74
93MiamiFL25.67
94StarkvilleMS25.55
95LynchburgVA25.55
96Cedar FallsIA25.48
97AbileneTX25.36
98BoulderCO25.34
99EastonPA25.34
100HuntingtonWV25.26
101YpsilantiMI25.25
102IthacaNY25.19
103NormalIL25.16
104StatesboroGA25.06
105MilwaukeeWI25.04
106WilliamsburgVA24.92
107BrookingsSD24.76
108TempeAZ24.73
109AlbanyNY24.72
110AkronOH24.69
111HanoverNH24.68
112Baton RougeLA24.63
113PittsburghPA24.63
114ColumbusOH24.52
115AmherstMA24.51
116TallahasseeFL24.51
117MoreheadKY24.49
118GreensboroNC24.48
119Rochester HillsMI24.47
120OrlandoFL24.42
121Rock HillSC24.4
122New HavenCT24.37
123Princess AnneMD24.36
124OxfordMS24.33
125OremUT24.27
126HammondLA24.21
127AustinTX24.19
128WacoTX24.12
129San MarcosTX24.12
130Bowling GreenKY24.09
131State CollegePA23.96
132San FranciscoCA23.9
133LincolnNE23.88
134GreenvilleSC23.82
135College StationTX23.79
136NorfolkVA23.76
136GainesvilleFL23.76
138LoganUT23.71
139ArlingtonTX23.7
140NewarkNJ23.69
141TucsonAZ23.65
142New OrleansLA23.64
143CharlestonSC23.6
144CorvallisOR23.6
144AnnapolisMD23.6
146LowellMA23.6
147MurfreesboroTN23.54
148San DiegoCA23.45
149DeKalbIL23.34
150BoiseID23.34
151TrentonNJ23.32
152JacksonMS23.31
153High PointNC23.31
154MuncieIN23.3
154CharlestonIL23.3
156BuffaloNY23.28
157San AntonioTX23.21
158MoragaCA23.19
159DavisCA23.18
160LubbockTX23.18
161BurlingtonVT23.16
162HamptonVA23.14
163FarmvilleVA23.1
164Cape GirardeauMO23.09
165Green BayWI23.06
166BeaumontTX23.04
167HartfordCT23
168Long BranchNJ22.97
169NatchitochesLA22.94
170GreeleyCO22.9
171JacksonvilleFL22.87
172RichmondKY22.81
173HempsteadNY22.81
174FlorenceAL22.8
175MonroeLA22.77
176Pine BluffAR22.77
177Stony BrookNY22.73
178ClarksvilleTN22.67
179MartinTN22.54
180ElonNC22.51
181PortlandOR22.46
182BooneNC22.41
183Bowling GreenOH22.39
184ConwaySC22.38
185SacramentoCA22.37
186ColumbiaMO22.25
187WorcesterMA22.23
188FairfieldCT22.22
189Santa BarbaraCA22.21
190El PasoTX22.02
191TowsonMD21.86
192North CharlestonSC21.84
193Corpus ChristiTX21.83
194HarrisonburgVA21.8
195ValparaisoIN21.74
196FairfaxVA21.68
197DentonTX21.57
198St. LouisMO21.46
199MoscowID21.44
200Little RockAR21.34
201BakersfieldCA21.34
202FresnoCA21.24
203KalamazooMI21.2
204MobileAL21.18
205TuscaloosaAL21.17
206NewarkDE21.17
207Winston-SalemNC21.16
208MacombIL21.08
209PeoriaIL20.97
210AtlantaGA20.92
211MadisonWI20.82
212Fort WayneIN20.77
213RaleighNC20.69
214BirminghamAL20.6
215Colorado SpringsCO20.55
215RiversideCA20.55
217OxfordOH20.49
218ClintonSC20.41
219ChattanoogaTN20.39
220FargoND20.38
221Lake CharlesLA20.31
222IndianapolisIN20.2
223CookevilleTN20.18
224Grand ForksND20.15
225AshevilleNC20.07
226DenverCO20.03
227JonesboroAR20.01
228MaconGA20
229BozemanMT19.98
230GreenvilleNC19.92
231North AndoverMA19.92
232BlacksburgVA19.9
233San Luis ObispoCA19.89
234DetroitMI19.79
235EdwardsvilleIL19.73
236Fort MyersFL19.68
237CambridgeMA19.62
238Cedar CityUT19.6
239ManhattanKS19.57
240EdinburgTX19.41
241Des MoinesIA19.38
242MissoulaMT19.33
243Las VegasNV19.32
244HattiesburgMS19.25
245StocktonCA19.2
246TampaFL19.07
247AuburnAL19.04
248RenoNV18.98
249BinghamtonNY18.95
250Fort CollinsCO18.92
251ConwayAR18.91
252Kansas CityMO18.75
253YoungstownOH18.63
254HackensackNJ18.62
255MinneapolisMN18.57
256VermillionSD18.55
257SpringfieldMO18.51
258AlbuquerqueNM18.42
259Boca RatonFL18.34
260OronoME18.24
261FullertonCA18.24
262DeLandFL18.04
263Las CrucesNM17.96
264AthensGA17.52
265EvanstonIL17.49
266PoughkeepsieNY17.48
267ClevelandOH17.4
268CharlotteNC17.13
269KennesawGA17.1
270BethlehemPA17.07
271WichitaKS17.03
272San JoseCA16.91
273RichmondVA16.85
274FlagstaffAZ16.7
275Fort WorthTX16.65
276HonoluluHI16.05
277DoverDE15.71
278WilmingtonNC15.5
279New BrunswickNJ15.36
280EvansvilleIN14.23
281MalibuCA14.19
282HuntsvilleAL13.03
283Jersey CityNJ12.92
284MontgomeryAL12.42
285BerkeleyCA12.17
286Santa ClaraCA11.93
287Daytona BeachFL11.01
288New BritainCT10.99
289PocatelloID7.97

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