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Pittsburgh Steelers Help City Claim Best Sports Town In Titles Per Capita

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the part one of this series of articles, the Boston Red Sox led Boston to the title of best sports town — or at least most successful sports town — by winning the most championships (six) of any city over the past ten years. In this article, I’ll look at the metric of most titles (minimum of two) divided by population of the corresponding metropolitan region.

Based on this metric of titles per capita, Pittsburgh rises to the top with three championships during this time period. The Pittsburgh Steelers won two Super Bowls over the past ten years. Pittsburgh sports fans were also beneficiaries of the Pittsburgh PenguinsStanley Cup in 2009.

The San Antonio Spurs are American sweethearts due to the mantra of “team play” — and are adored by sports fans in the San Antonio area. With their recent NBA Championship, the Spurs have now won three championships over the past ten years.

The metro San Antonio and Pittsburgh regions have populations of 2.3 and 2.4 million people respectively, so that their ratios are both 1.3 (championships per million population over the past ten years).

Boston, as the leader with six championships over this time period, remains near the top of the list.  The Boston metropolitan region has a population of 4.7 million people, based on recent census data, so that Boston’s ratio is also 1.3.  

Thus, the triumvirate of Boston, San Antonio and Pittsburgh take the crown as most successful sports towns per number of fans.  Congratulations to the towns and their fans!  

Carlton Chin is a quant researcher and sports analysis contributor at Rant Sports. Please follow him on Twitter @QuantFacts, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your Google network.

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