Charlotte Ranked As 2021’s 6th Worst Large City for College Basketball Fans

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With March Madness less than a week away, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans, to help get hoops lovers psyched for this magical time of year.

To find 2021’s top spots for NCAA hoops, WalletHub crunched the numbers on more than 290 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.

Charlotte ranks 265th overall and 52nd among large cities.

Charlotte as a College Hoops Haven (1=Best, 145=Avg.):

  • 260th – Winning Percentage
  • 142nd – Conference Championships
  • 284th – Social-Media Engagement
  • 274th – Stadium Capacity

Ranking by City Size

Rank
(1=Best)
 
Large City
(Score)
Rank
(1=Best)
 
Midsize City
(Score)
Rank
(1=Best)
 
Small City
(Score)
1 Lexington, KY
(55.48)
1 Durham, NC
(58.52)
1 East Lansing, MI
(54.29)
2 Los Angeles, CA
(52.68)
2 Norman, OK
(38.04)
2 Lawrence, KS
(53.82)
3 Philadelphia, PA
(48.39)
3 Ann Arbor, MI
(37.86)
3 Storrs, CT
(53.19)
4 Washington, DC
(43.02)
4 Salt Lake City, UT
(34.63)
4 Chapel Hill, NC
(51.98)
5 Boston, MA
(41.50)
5 South Bend, IN
(33.49)
5 Fayette, MS
(45.99)
6 New York, NY
(40.35)
6 Provo, UT
(31.38)
6 Kingston, RI
(43.89)
7 Omaha, NE
(32.55)
7 Syracuse, NY
(30.12)
7 College Park, MD
(43.38)
8 Houston, TX
(32.33)
8 Providence, RI
(29.02)
8 Bloomington, IN
(42.48)
9 Tulsa, OK
(31.79)
9 Dayton, OH
(28.99)
9 West Point, NY
(41.90)
10 Cincinnati, OH
(31.78)
10 Knoxville, TN
(28.52)
10 Loretto, PA
(40.75)
11 Louisville, KY
(30.81)
11 Eugene, OR
(28.32)
11 Morgantown, WV
(40.17)
12 Nashville, TN
(28.62)
12 Columbia, SC
(28.25)
12 Charlottesville, VA
(39.52)
13 Chicago, IL
(28.57)
13 Spokane, WA
(27.98)
13 Fayetteville, AR
(39.40)
14 Long Beach, CA
(28.46)
14 Toledo, OH
(27.27)
14 Lewiston, NY
(37.94)
15 Memphis, TN
(27.76)
15 Baton Rouge, LA
(26.43)
15 Stillwater, OK
(36.75)
16 San Francisco, CA
(27.19)
16 Lafayette, LA
(26.33)
16 Buies Creek, NC
(36.21)
17 San Diego, CA
(27.00)
17 Abilene, TX
(26.21)
17 Murray, KY
(34.92)
18 Miami, FL
(26.89)
18 Tallahassee, FL
(26.18)
18 Hamilton, NY
(34.59)
19 Seattle, WA
(26.78)
19 Irvine, CA
(26.16)
19 Itta Bena, MS
(34.46)
20 Pittsburgh, PA
(25.42)
20 Boulder, CO
(25.84)
20 Ames, IA
(34.27)
21 Dallas, TX
(25.41)
21 Tempe, AZ
(25.58)
21 Iowa City, IA
(33.50)
22 Austin, TX
(25.37)
22 College Station, TX
(25.43)
22 Clemson, SC
(32.70)
23 Baltimore, MD
(25.37)
23 Greensboro, NC
(25.42)
23 Champaign, IL
(31.58)
24 Milwaukee, WI
(25.22)
24 New Haven, CT
(25.20)
24 West Lafayette, IN
(31.12)
25 Columbus, OH
(25.13)
25 Akron, OH
(24.92)
25 Spartanburg, SC
(30.68)
26 New Orleans, LA
(24.18)
26 Lubbock, TX
(24.91)
26 Princeton, NJ
(30.27)
27 Phoenix, AZ
(23.27)
27 Columbia, MO
(24.82)
27 Highland Heights, KY
(30.07)
28 Jacksonville, FL
(23.26)
28 Waco, TX
(24.60)
28 Radford, VA
(29.82)
29 St. Louis, MO
(22.93)
29 Beaumont, TX
(24.51)
29 Huntsville, TX
(29.67)
30 Raleigh, NC
(22.89)
30 Hartford, CT
(24.12)
30 Boiling Springs, NC
(29.19)
31 Sacramento, CA
(22.85)
31 Newark, NJ
(23.87)
31 Lewisburg, PA
(28.77)
32 Tucson, AZ
(22.75)
32 Orlando, FL
(23.86)
32 Cheney, WA
(28.76)
33 San Antonio, TX
(22.55)
33 Lowell, MA
(23.81)
33 Thibodaux, LA
(28.62)
34 Corpus Christi, TX
(22.44)
34 Clarksville, TN
(23.80)
34 Troy, AL
(28.52)
35 Atlanta, GA
(22.42)
35 Peoria, IL
(23.75)
35 Cullowhee, NC
(28.41)
36 Arlington, TX
(22.40)
36 Jackson, MS
(23.47)
36 Olean, NY
(28.39)
37 El Paso, TX
(22.28)
37 Boise, ID
(23.34)
37 Kent, OH
(28.32)
38 Fresno, CA
(21.81)
38 Denton, TX
(23.28)
38 Ruston, LA
(28.09)
39 Portland, OR
(21.74)
39 Gainesville, FL
(23.27)
39 Ogden, UT
(28.06)
40 Las Vegas, NV
(21.66)
40 Lincoln, NE
(23.18)
40 Nacogdoches, TX
(28.04)
41 Bakersfield, CA
(21.54)
41 Buffalo, NY
(23.16)
41 Emmitsburg, MD
(27.57)
42 Riverside, CA
(20.87)
42 Norfolk, VA
(23.13)
42 Pullman, WA
(27.23)
43 Stockton, CA
(20.72)
43 Hampton, VA
(23.11)
43 Stanford, CA
(27.16)
44 Tampa, FL
(19.98)
44 Charleston, SC
(22.94)
44 Cedar Falls, IA
(27.13)
45 Detroit, MI
(19.79)
45 Greeley, CO
(22.74)
45 Grambling, LA
(26.93)
46 Indianapolis, IN
(19.69)
46 Jersey City, NJ
(22.55)
46 Lynchburg, VA
(26.93)
47 Colorado Springs, CO
(19.04)
47 High Point, NC
(22.47)
47 Prairie View, TX
(26.85)
48 Kansas City, MO
(18.83)
48 Little Rock, AR
(22.34)
48 Davidson, NC
(26.70)
49 Denver, CO
(18.75)
49 Mobile, AL
(22.07)
49 New Rochelle, NY
(26.68)
50 Albuquerque, NM
(18.54)
50 North Charleston, SC
(22.06)
50 Easton, PA
(26.67)
51 Minneapolis, MN
(17.65)
51 Fort Wayne, IN
(21.57)
51 Orangeburg, SC
(26.59)
52 Charlotte, NC
(17.63)
52 Green Bay, WI
(21.31)
52 Starkville, MS
(26.50)
52 Cleveland, OH
(17.63)
53 Fargo, ND
(21.04)
53 Ypsilanti, MI
(26.45)
54 Honolulu, HI
(16.47)
54 Murfreesboro, TN
(21.00)
54 Carbondale, IL
(26.41)
55 Fort Worth, TX
(16.17)
55 Des Moines, IA
(20.92)
55 Terre Haute, IN
(26.35)
56 San Jose, CA
(15.90)
56 Worcester, MA
(20.68)
56 Lexington, VA
(26.32)
57 Madison, WI
(20.61)
57 Mount Pleasant, MI
(26.00)
58 Chattanooga, TN
(20.36)
58 Brookings, SD
(25.70)
59 Macon, GA
(20.29)
59 North Andover, MA
(25.66)
60 Cambridge, MA
(19.97)
60 Jacksonville, AL
(25.62)
61 Springfield, MO
(19.96)
61 Hanover, NH
(25.54)
62 Birmingham, AL
(19.10)
62 Williamsburg, VA
(25.49)
63 Winston-Salem, NC
(18.97)
63 Durham, NH
(25.48)
64 Fort Collins, CO
(18.75)
64 Athens, OH
(25.44)
65 Reno, NV
(18.19)
65 DeKalb, IL
(25.40)
66 Las Cruces, NM
(18.06)
66 Corvallis, OR
(25.33)
67 Athens, GA
(17.33)
67 Huntington, WV
(25.20)
68 Fullerton, CA
(17.21)
68 State College, PA
(25.18)
69 Richmond, VA
(16.85)
69 Ithaca, NY
(25.16)
70 Huntsville, AL
(15.45)
70 Logan, UT
(25.10)
71 Santa Clara, CA
(12.33)
71 Annapolis, MD
(25.04)
72 Evansville, IN
(11.83)
72 Bowling Green, KY
(24.96)
73 Wilmington, NC
(11.77)
73 Albany, NY
(24.91)
74 Berkeley, CA
(11.42)
74 Johnson City, TN
(24.82)
75 Montgomery, AL
(10.64)
75 Laramie, WY
(24.76)
76 Burlington, VT
(24.73)
77 Morehead, KY
(24.64)
78 Amherst, MA
(24.54)
79 Greenville, SC
(24.35)
80 Farmville, VA
(24.29)
81 Rock Hill, SC
(24.22)
82 Hempstead, NY
(24.21)
83 Santa Barbara, CA
(24.15)
84 Davis, CA
(23.91)
85 Statesboro, GA
(23.82)
86 Orem, UT
(23.72)
87 Bowling Green, OH
(23.66)
88 Long Branch, NJ
(23.65)
89 Florence, AL
(23.63)
89 Charleston, IL
(23.63)
91 Trenton, NJ
(23.57)
92 Princess Anne, MD
(23.55)
93 Boone, NC
(23.52)
94 Towson, MD
(23.39)
95 Hammond, LA
(23.32)
96 Fairfax, VA
(23.31)
97 Richmond, KY
(23.28)
98 Natchitoches, LA
(23.26)
99 Muncie, IN
(23.21)
100 Rochester Hills, MI
(23.20)
101 Normal, IL
(23.19)
102 Fairfield, CT
(23.18)
103 Stony Brook, NY
(23.13)
104 Monroe, LA
(22.97)
105 Moraga, CA
(22.94)
106 Oxford, MS
(22.81)
107 San Marcos, TX
(22.76)
108 Valparaiso, IN
(22.54)
109 Pine Bluff, AR
(22.49)
110 Newark, DE
(22.36)
111 Conway, SC
(22.28)
112 Elon, NC
(21.74)
113 Cookeville, TN
(21.43)
114 Tuscaloosa, AL
(21.34)
115 Lake Charles, LA
(21.30)
116 Clinton, SC
(21.25)
117 Cedar City, UT
(21.14)
118 Oxford, OH
(20.79)
119 Cape Girardeau, MO
(20.73)
120 Auburn, AL
(20.52)
121 DeLand, FL
(20.31)
122 Harrisonburg, VA
(20.27)
123 Moscow, ID
(20.16)
124 Bozeman, MT
(20.10)
125 Edinburg, TX
(20.07)
126 Martin, TN
(20.05)
127 Edwardsville, IL
(20.04)
128 Missoula, MT
(19.67)
129 Jonesboro, AR
(19.62)
130 Greenville, NC
(19.52)
131 San Luis Obispo, CA
(19.40)
132 Blacksburg, VA
(19.37)
133 Macomb, IL
(19.36)
134 Flagstaff, AZ
(19.34)
135 Youngstown, OH
(19.33)
136 Hattiesburg, MS
(19.33)
137 Fort Myers, FL
(19.29)
138 Kalamazoo, MI
(19.27)
139 Grand Forks, ND
(19.19)
140 Asheville, NC
(19.19)
141 Boca Raton, FL
(19.17)
142 Binghamton, NY
(18.85)
143 Orono, ME
(18.69)
144 Hackensack, NJ
(18.65)
145 Vermillion, SD
(18.62)
146 Manhattan, KS
(18.60)
147 Conway, AR
(18.58)
148 Poughkeepsie, NY
(17.49)
149 Kennesaw, GA
(17.01)
150 Malibu, CA
(16.82)
151 New Brunswick, NJ
(16.45)
152 Evanston, IL
(15.82)
153 Bethlehem, PA
(15.75)
154 Dover, DE
(14.89)
155 Daytona Beach, FL
(13.87)
156 New Britain, CT
(10.65)
157 Pocatello, ID
(10.30)
158 St. George, UT
(8.73)
159 Stephenville, TX
(8.09)

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