WalletHub Study: 2017’s Best Cities for Gamers


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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