WalletHub, a personal finance website, has ranked Dayton as its 9th Best Midsize Sports City.
Out of the 423 cities surveyed, Dayton ranks 47th overall and 9th among midsize sports cities. For the purposes of this survey, midsize cities were those with a population between 100,000 and 300,000. The rankings were based on over 50 metrics, ranging from “performance level for the city’s teams” to “average ticket price per game”.
Here’s how the other major cities in Ohio fared:
The top spot overall went to New York City. Florence, South Carolina took the 423rd spot.
On the midsize city rankings, Green Bay, WI took the top spot with Springfield, MA rounding out the list.
In terms of sports fandom by sport, on a scale from 1 being the best to 212 being average, Dayton ranked 64th in football, 65th in basketball, 35th in baseball, and 56th in soccer.
Dayton finished with a total score of 20.84. Eugene, OR (46th) and Memphis, TN (45th) each beat out Dayton by .01 points with 20.85.
Rankings were determined by weighing each sport based on total fan size, as determined by the 2014 edition of The Global Sports Media Consumption Report and then grading each sport’s category on a 100-point scale. The resulting average of all the sports categories were used to determine the overall ranking.
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