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Lexington, KY considered eighth-best college basketball city, No. 33 in basketball overall

Kentucky has always been considered a basketball state, and according to a recent study by, we have the numbers to back it up.

WalletHub, a financial help resource, put together a list of all of the best (and worst) basketball cities in America. According to the website’s description, the study put together an equation that factored in attendance, fan engagement, stadium accessibility, and ticket costs, among 21 total key metrics.

Out of 290 total cities, Lexington, KY was rated as the eighth-best college basketball location and No. 33 in basketball (professional or college) overall.

Here is the entire list of top 25 college basketball cities in America:

  1. Durham, NC
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Lawrence, KS
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. East Lansing, MI
  6. Storrs, CT
  7. Chapel Hill, NC
  8. Lexington, KY
  9. Fayette, MS
  10. Loretto, PA
  11. New York, NY
  12. Morgantown, WV
  13. Kingston, RI
  14. College Park, MD
  15. Washington, DC
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. Bloomington, IN
  18. West Point, NY
  19. Boston, MA
  20. Charlottesville, VA
  21. Cincinnati, OH
  22. Fayetteville, AR
  23. Lewiston, NY
  24. South Bend, IN
  25. Buies Creek, NC

Beyond Lexington, six other cities in Kentucky made the list, but they might not be in the order you expected. Surprisingly, not only is Louisville not the No. 2 basketball location in the state, they’re not even in the top three.

Here are the rankings of Kentucky cities based solely on their status as a prime college basketball location:

  • No. 37 Murray, KY
  • No. 40 Highland Heights, KY
  • No. 44 Louisville, KY
  • No. 96 Morehead, KY
  • No. 119 Bowling Green, KY
  • No. 174 Richmond, KY

And the rankings of those same cities in terms of both college and professional basketball combined:

  • No. 57 Murray, KY
  • No. 60 Highland Heights, KY
  • No. 64 Louisville, KY
  • No. 112 Morehead, KY
  • No. 132 Bowling Green, KY
  • No. 184 Richmond, KY

Murray AND Highland Heights ahead of Louisville? Ouch.

What do you guys think of the lists?



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

11 Comments for Lexington, KY considered eighth-best college basketball city, No. 33 in basketball overall

  1. krisken63
    3:57 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    Polls are never very accurate, but this one takes the cake.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      5:37 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

      Agree on that. These polls on “best basketball city” changed from one source to the other, and from one year to the other, yet the cities themselves don’t change.

  2. Racerr11
    4:14 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds about right

  3. bbn606
    4:23 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    8 and 33 is an unusual combo. LA is no way #2 and Louisville should be a top 20.

    4:35 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    The thing is….UK basketball isn’t just about 1 city. It’s BBN, not BBC…and UK fans are all over the world too.

  5. ukcamel
    5:24 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    I’d say in a given year about 1% of LA’s population buys a ticket to a college basketball game. They could not care less.

  6. A_Blue_Wildcat
    5:24 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    How in the world is LA even top 20 if fan attendance and fan engagement is factored in? lol

  7. mashburnfan1
    6:19 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    Before seeing results I picked Philly, surprised they are 4. On the good side at lease dUKe only beat us by 7 in this, much better than the 34 beating on the court Cal led us to.

    • CATandMONKEY
      7:25 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

      Cue Mash starring as a miserable piece of human garbage.

    • runningunnin.454
      11:03 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

      …and dUKe, led by their stellar freshmen triumvirate, a few short months later, easily sailed through the ncaa tournament to win their sixth national championship in storybook fashion.

  8. rockatao
    8:39 pm May 25, 2019 Permalink

    Fayette, MS??? All 1600 people?