The Most Popular Sport in All 50 States
No matter where you live in the United States, sports are a part of every community, but which sport does your state really love the most?
Thanks to try.america, which specializes in different maps on social media, we have our answer. The vast majority of American sports fan bases across the country love football, but some of these states really might surprise you.
Here is a full breakdown of the most popular sport in each state:
Thanks to SEC Country, college football is the biggest winner here. Although some states such as Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Oregon all have big professional sports teams, it’s pretty clear sports fan’s allegiances truly lie on Saturday’s in the fall.
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
Although most of these states do not have a NFL team, all of them are close to a major professional franchise. It’s not surprising to see Colorado with the Denver Broncos or Texas on this list, but it is a little surprising Indiana is a big NFL fan with the Indianapolis Colts given the rich tradition and history with basketball.
It's Super Bowl or bust for these states. They love American football -- from high school to the NFL -- especially America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys.
States: Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
In these states, America’s Pastime shines the brightest. Of course, it makes since when these states include Major League Baseball teams the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. It’s pretty amazing the entire New England area is still heavy with the MLB, although there’s no doubt the gap has shrunk over the years.
States: llinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Washington.
When you think of the best times in college basketball history, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina all come to mind, so this should be no shock to see these states loving college basketball the most.
States: Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, and North Carolina.
The NBA is so popular across the world, but it just might not be everyone’s favorite. It’s crazy to see only two states — California and Arizona — preferring the NBA above everything else. California definitely makes sense with one of the game's most popular teams in the Los Angeles Lakers.
Chances are this will be a pro-NFL state once the Raiders move there, but, for now, sports bets still rule the day in Nevada
This isn't even the NHL, but Alaska just loves their college hockey. Never change.