Top 10 NFL Football Loving Cities

Midwestern cities filled with NFL fans.

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Talk about an upset. The year's Super Bowl teams didn't crack our Top 10. 

In a ranking of the Top 10 NFL-loving Cities, Pittsburgh, PA and Green Bay, WI come out on top. How do we know?

We asked Experian Marketing Services. These metro areas (technically DMA) were most interested in NFL football based on its most recent Simmons National Consumer Study, a continuously-fielded survey of 25,000 adults, reported quarterly.

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Pittsburgh's score of 119 means residents of Steeler Nation are 19 percent more likely than average (100) to say they were "very interested" in NFL football. They can wave their Terrible Towels with pride knowing they support their team better than any city in the U.S. Among the most popular things to do in Pittsburgh, going to Steelers' games ranks near the top. 

The Top 10 is dominated by midwestern cities in or near NFL markets as well as New Orleans, LA and neighboring Baton Rouge.

Not surprising, cities with NFL teams tended to score pretty well in the rankings. But it was by no means a guarantee. Among the cities with below-average love for the NFL were: Phoenix (home of the Arizona Cardinals), San Diego (Chargers), San Francisco-Oakland (both the 49ers and the Raiders), Nashville (Tennessee Titans), Dallas (Cowboys), Tampa (Buccaneers) and the home of the Super Bowl underdogs: Seattle Seahawks. Miami, with their beloved Dolphins, even drop into the bottom 10 markets.

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Here's a map of all U.S. markets so you can see how your town ranked.

NFL-Loving Cities

Percent of people "very interested" in NFL football. Source: Experian Marketing Services


Matt Carmichael is a contributing editor and former editor-in-chief of He is a recognized authority on demographics, consumer trends, economic development and best places to live. He a...