By Jack Barnes
With the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 drawing large crowds to Los Angeles until June 15 and U.S. gaming revenues expected to exceed $25 billion this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best Cities for Gamers.
To determine the best places to be a serious gamer, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 20 key indicators of gamer-friendliness. The data ranges from average internet speed to video-game stores per capita to number of esports tournaments.
|Top 20 Cities for Gamers|
|1||Orlando, FL||11||San Francisco, CA|
|2||Seattle, WA||12||San Jose, CA|
|3||Austin, TX||13||Fremont, CA|
|4||New York, NY||14||Pittsburgh, PA|
|5||Atlanta, GA||15||Columbus, OH|
|6||Los Angeles, CA||16||Raleigh, NC|
|7||Las Vegas, NV||17||Anaheim, CA|
|8||Irvine, CA||18||Virginia Beach, VA|
|9||Boston, MA||19||Madison, WI|
|10||San Diego, CA||20||Portland, OR|
Best vs. Worst
- Las Vegas has the most video-game stores per square root of the population, 0.0283, which is 23.6 times more than in Memphis, Tenn., the city with the fewest at 0.0012.
- Pittsburgh has the highest average download speed, 14.62 Mbps, which is 3.1 times higher than in Honolulu, the city with the lowest at 4.70 Mbps.
- Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest share of households with a broadband connection, 94 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Detroit, the city with the lowest at 50 percent.
- Durham, N.C., has the cheapest monthly internet cost, $40, which is 2.5 times cheaper than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the most expensive at $101.36.
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