By @StefanKubus –
It’s been called HockeyTown for a reason.
But in case anyone wanted a little data behind the claim, WalletHub released its annual report on the best sports cities in the country, including a breakdown by sport. The personal-finance website compared 419 small to large U.S. cities across the five largest pro sports, using more than 50 key metrics.
Their rankings list Detroit as the No. 2 hockey city in the country behind Boston and No. 11 overall for large-sized cities across all sports. For midsize cities (100,000-300,000 people), Ann Arbor is ranked eighth overall. For small cities (less than 100,000 people), East Lansing is second overall only to Chapel Hill, N.C.
When it comes to the best hockey cities, a number of Michigan cities unsurprisingly cracked the list’s top 100, in addition to Detroit:
24th – Ann Arbor
31st – Houghton
33rd – Big Rapids
40th – Sault Ste. Marie
49th – East Lansing
53rd – Marquettte
72nd – Kalamazoo
A little background on the website’s methodology in calculating these rankings:
WalletHub combined the results from its previous rankings listed below. Each sports category was assigned a weight corresponding with the total percentage of adults in the U.S. who claim to follow that particular sport, according to The Global Sports Media Consumption Report. Because some adults claim to be fans of more than one sport, the sum of all the weights is greater than 100 percent.
- Football Ranking (Overall) – Total Weight: 50 Percent
- Basketball Ranking (Overall) – Total Weight: 31 Percent
- Baseball Ranking (Overall) – Total Weight: 27 Percent
- Hockey Ranking (Overall) – Total Weight: 15 Percent
- Soccer Ranking (Overall) – Total Weight: 9 Percent
Each sports category was also graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for sports fans. Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all sports categories to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.
Our sample includes a total of 419 U.S. cities, categorized according to the following population-size guidelines:
- Large cities: More than 300,000 people
- Midsize cities: 100,000 to 300,000 people
- Small cities: Fewer than 100,000 people