The Best Cities for Football Fans

It's that time of year again - time for tailgating, body painting, paying too much for beer... it's all part of the fun of football season. And whether it's college or pro, Americans love their football, and the fans aren't just spectators, they're in it to win it.

WalletHub compared more than 240 U.S. cities that have at least one college or professional football team across 21 key metrics, including everything from the number of NFL and college football teams in each city to ticket prices and fan-friendliness. They then determined each city's weighted average across all metrics to calculate an overall score, and using the score to rank-order the cities to find the best ones for football fans.

Some of the criteria include:

  • Number and performance of NFL and college teams
  • Franchise value
  • Number of coaches (college and pro) in past 10 seasons
  • Stadium capacity
  • Attendance
  • Average ticket prices
  • Accessibility
  • Fan engagement

Based on WalletHub's study, these are the best cities for football fans.

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1. Pittsburgh
1. Pittsburgh

1. Pittsburgh

  • Pro Football Rank: 1
  • College Football Rank: 13

Pittsburgh has one of the best-performing NFL teams, and its stadium is one of the five best NFL stadiums for accessibility. The city also tied for No. 1 (with Green Bay) for most-engaged NFL fans.

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2. Boston
2. Boston

2. Boston

  • Pro Football Rank: 2
  • College Football Rank: 164

Boston ranks No. 3 for most-engaged NFL fans. Fan engagement was measured by the number of Twitter followers and Facebook "Likes" on each team's official accounts, per capita. Above, fans greet the New England Patriots to celebrate their 2019 Super Bowl championship.

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3. Green Bay, Wis.
3. Green Bay, Wis.

3. Green Bay, Wis.

  • Pro Football Rank: 3
  • College Football Rank: 235

Green Bay tied for No. 1 (with Pittsburgh) for most-engaged NFL fans. Green Bay's Lambeau Field takes first place for accessibility at NFL stadiums. Above, Packer fans during a tailgate party. The Packers are the only publicly-owned franchise in the NFL.

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4. Dallas
4. Dallas

4. Dallas

  • Pro Football Rank: 4
  • College Football Rank: 235

The Cowboys are one of the best-performing NFL teams, according to WalletHub's study, which looked at the past three seasons' averages (up to the 2019 Super Bowl.)

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5. New York
5. New York

5. New York

  • Pro Football Rank: 6
  • College Football Rank: 44

Though the city ranks high overall (there are two teams, after all), New York's MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and the Jets, comes in last of all of the NFL stadiums for accessibility. The teams are among WalletHub's worst performing.

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6. Miami
6. Miami

6. Miami

  • Pro Football Rank: 8
  • College Football Rank: 7

Miami is home to the Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes.

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7. New Orleans
7. New Orleans

7. New Orleans

  • Pro Football Rank: 5
  • College Football Rank: 187

The Saints are among the top five best-performing NFL teams.

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8. Oakland, Calif.
8. Oakland, Calif.

8. Oakland, Calif.

  • Pro Football Rank: 7
  • College Football Rank: 235

Raiders fans are among the most engaged NFL fans, ranking No. 5 in that category. Above, a billboard in Las Vegas advertises the Oakland Raiders NFL team moving to Las Vegas in 2020.

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9. Philadelphia
9. Philadelphia

9. Philadelphia

  • Pro Football Rank: 17
  • College Football Rank: 10

Philadelphia ranks in the bottom five for accessibility at its stadium. Above, the Eagles celebrate their 2018 Super Bowl win over the Patriots.

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10. Seattle
10. Seattle

10. Seattle

  • Pro Football Rank: 13
  • College Football Rank: 75

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11. Indianapolis
11. Indianapolis

11. Indianapolis

  • Pro Football Rank: 14
  • College Football Rank: 99

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12. Glendale, Ariz.
12. Glendale, Ariz.

12. Glendale, Ariz.

  • Pro Football Rank: 9
  • College Football Rank: 235

The Cardinals play at State Farm Stadium, which ranks No. 3 for most accessible NFL stadiums. Pictured is wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Photo: Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA/Wikipedia

13. Denver
13. Denver

13. Denver

  • Pro Football Rank: 10
  • College Football Rank: 235

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14. Atlanta
14. Atlanta

14. Atlanta

  • Pro Football Rank: 16
  • College Football Rank: 104

Along with the Falcons, Atlanta is home to the College Football Hall of Fame, pictured here.

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15. San Francisco
15. San Francisco

15. San Francisco

  • Pro Football Rank: 11
  • College Football Rank: 235

San Francisco was one of five cities with the highest average ticket prices for NFL games. The city has one of the worst-performing NFL teams, based on the last three seasons.

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16. Kansas City, Mo.
16. Kansas City, Mo.

16. Kansas City, Mo.

  • Pro Football Rank: 12
  • College Football Rank: 235

Kansas City, Mo., was one of the five cities with the lowest average ticket prices for NFL games.

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17. Cincinnati
17. Cincinnati

17. Cincinnati

  • Pro Football Rank: 20
  • College Football Rank: 49

The Cincinnati stadium is one of the five best NFL stadiums for accessibility. Pictured is the University of Cincinnati football team.

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18. Minneapolis
18. Minneapolis

18. Minneapolis

  • Pro Football Rank: 15
  • College Football Rank: 216

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19. Washington, D.C.
19. Washington, D.C.

19. Washington, D.C.

  • Pro Football Rank: 18
  • College Football Rank: 189

The nation's capital is one of five cities with the most expensive NFL tickets. It's also home to one of the least accessible college stadiums.

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20. Los Angeles
20. Los Angeles

20. Los Angeles

  • Pro Football Rank: 22
  • College Football Rank: 56

Los Angeles is another city with the most expensive NFL tickets. Above, fans root for the USC Trojans.

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21. Baltimore
21. Baltimore

21. Baltimore

  • Pro Football Rank: 19
  • College Football Rank: 208

When it comes to college football, Baltimore is one of the five cities with the least engaged fans. This is another city in the top five for pricey NFL tickets.

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22. Buffalo, N.Y.
22. Buffalo, N.Y.

22. Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Pro Football Rank: 21
  • College Football Rank: 203

Buffalo is notable for being in the top five for accessible stadiums, as well as among the five cities with the lowest average ticket price for an NFL game.

Photo: Ed Yourdon/ Wikipedia

23. Tampa, Fla.
23. Tampa, Fla.

23. Tampa, Fla.

  • Pro Football Rank: 26
  • College Football Rank: 93

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24. Nashville, Tenn.
24. Nashville, Tenn.

24. Nashville, Tenn.

  • Pro Football Rank: 28
  • College Football Rank: 80

Nashville is among the five cities with the lowest NFL ticket prices, on average.

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25. Charlotte, N.C.
25. Charlotte, N.C.

25. Charlotte, N.C.

  • Pro Football Rank: 25
  • College Football Rank: 199

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26. Houston
26. Houston

26. Houston

  • Pro Football Rank: 30
  • College Football Rank: 29

Houston is among the five cities with the least engaged NFL fans. Pictured is the University of Houston.

Photo: Brian Reading Wikipedia

27. Chicago
27. Chicago

27. Chicago

  • Pro Football Rank: 23
  • College Football Rank: 235

Chicago is among the five cities with the least engaged NFL fans.

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28. Jacksonville, Fla.
28. Jacksonville, Fla.

28. Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Pro Football Rank: 29
  • College Football Rank: 129

The city has one of the worst-performing NFL teams, based on the last three seasons, but it ranks No. 3 for lowest average NFL ticket prices.

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29. Detroit
29. Detroit

29. Detroit

  • Pro Football Rank: 24
  • College Football Rank: 235

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30. Cleveland
30. Cleveland

30. Cleveland

  • Pro Football Rank: 27
  • College Football Rank: 235

Cleveland has the distinction of worst-performing NFL team, but ranks No. 1 for lowest average ticket price for an NFL game.

Before you get your jersey in a twist about this ranking, read WalletHub's full methodology here.

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