With March Madness starting Thursday, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its NCAA Tournament Stats & Facts infographic as well as its report on 2018’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans to help get hoops lovers psyched for this magical time of year.

To find 2018’s top spots for NCAA hoops, WalletHub crunched the numbers on more than 280 U.S. cities using nine key metrics. They range from the number of teams per city and the winning percentage of each to stadium capacity and social-media engagement. You can find some highlights from both the report and the infographic below.

Best Cities for College Hoops Fans Worst Cities for College Hoops Fans
1 Chapel Hill, NC 280 Fairfax, VA
2 Lawrence, KS 281 Jonesboro, AR
3 Los Angeles, CA 282 Lynchburg, VA
4 Durham, NC 283 Colorado Springs, CO
5 Lexington, KY 284 Hackensack, NJ
6 Philadelphia, PA 285 Riverside, CA
7 Storrs, CT 287 Pocatello, ID
8 Bloomington, IN 287 Clinton, SC
9 East Lansing, MI 288 Daytona Beach, FL
10 College Park, MD 289 New Britain, CT

To read the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:

March Madness Stats & Facts

  • $8.98 Million: 2018 salary for college basketball’s highest paid coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (vs. $1.4M combined for Duke’s president and the state’s governor)
  • $6.3 Billion: Corporate losses due to unproductive workers during March Madness
  • $10.4 Billion: Amount wagered on the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament ($10.1B illegally)
  • 18X: Difference between the average NBA rookie’s salary ($2.36M) and a D1 men’s basketball scholarship for a year ($130K)

To see all the stats and the full infographic, please visit: