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
1 Lawrence, KS
2 Durham, NC
3 Los Angeles, CA
4 East Lansing, MI
5 Chapel Hill, NC
6 Storrs, CT
7 Philadelphia, PA
8 Lexington, KY
9 Fayette, MS
10 Loretto, PA
Best vs. Worst
The Villanova Wildcats have the highest current winning percentage among 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, click here.