Dallas Ranked Among America’s Top Sports Cities

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Dallas has once again been named one of America’s top sports cities.

According to a new study from WalletHub, Dallas is the fifth-best city in the country for sports in 2023, trailing Los Angeles, Boston, Pittsburgh, and New York. Dallas also ranked fifth in 2022.

The study looked at 397 cities and scored them based on their rankings in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey. 

Analysts for the study considered professional and collegiate sports and used the percentage of U.S. adults who follow each sport to determine a weighted average. Football accounted for 54% of the score, basketball 16%, baseball 13%, soccer 11%, and hockey 6%.

Each city was graded on a 100-point scale based on its current conditions for sports fans and further categorized by three city sizes: large (more than 300,000 people), midsize (100,000 to 300,000 people), and small (fewer than 100,000 people).

Los Angeles (large), Green Bay (midsize), and Clemson, South Carolina (small) all held onto the top spots in each city subcategory after also taking the top spots a year ago.

No.1 was the top ranking a city could receive in a category, and a default ranking of 450 was assigned to the city if no professional or NCAA teams existed in the area.

Despite finishing fifth overall, Dallas finished in the top 10 of just one sport, scoring third in football while finishing 15th in basketball, 262nd in baseball, 19th in soccer, and 17th in hockey. The rankings did not factor in the Texas Rangers winning the World Series.

The next best sports city in Texas was Houston (23rd), followed by San Antonio (36th). Trailing much father behind were Austin (106th), Huntsville (115th), Prairie View (122nd), Nacogdoches (148th), El Paso (160th), Abilene (170th), Stephenville (179th), Lubbock (180th), San Marcos (189th), Fort Worth (197th), Denton (213th), College Station (215th), Waco (229th), Beaumont (231st), Commerce (239th), University Park (248th), Arlington (256th), Edinburg (272nd), Corpus Christi (282nd), Sugar Land (331st), Amarillo (332nd), Midland (341st), Round Rock (367th), and Frisco (376th).

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