2019’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans

March Madness is 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 U.S. 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. You can find some highlights from both the report and the infographic below.

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

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

March Madness Stats & Facts

  • $8.98 Million: 2019 salary for college basketball’s highest paid coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (vs. $1.4M combined for Duke’s president and the state’s governor).
  • $4 Billion: Corporate losses due to unproductive workers during March Madness.
  • $10 Billion: Amount wagered on the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament ($9.7B illegally).
  • 18X: Difference between the average NBA rookie’s salary ($2.75M) and a D1 men’s basketball scholarship for a year ($150K).
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