Best Basketball Cities

best basketball cities

We have researched the data to reveal the the best basketball cities to live in based on the number of sports bars, food and drink prices, as well as winning percentages and championships.

Best Basketball City in America

1. Philadelphia – (6.74 basketball fan score)

Philadelphia takes the top spot with a basketball fan score of 7.47. The Philadelphia 76ers have the second-highest average win percentage over the last five years at just over 42%, behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

2. Boston – (6.37 basketball fan score)

Boston takes second place with a score of 6.37 out of 10. The Boston Celtics are the most successful team in the NBA, with 17 championships. The Celtics have also won over 40% of their games in the last five years. However, their food and drink prices are very expensive compared to the rest of the NBA teams.

3. San Francisco – (6.00 basketball fan score)

San Francisco complete our top three with a basketball fan score of 6 out of 10. San Francisco is the home of the Golden State Warriors, who have seven championships to their name. However, the food and drink prices at their stadium, the Chase Center, are the second most expensive in the NBA.

Best Cities to be a Basketball Fan

RankCityNBA TeamSports Bars per 100,000StadiumsFood and Drink Price ScoreAverage Win % (Last 5 Years)No. of ChampionshipsFan Score /10
1PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia 76ers3.1385.5662.95%36.74
2BostonBoston Celtics5.8321.3661.14%176.37
3San FranciscoGolden State Warriors9.5250.7456.42%76.07
4AtlantaAtlanta Hawks5.8369.5140.77%15.93
4Los AngelesLA Lakers
LA Clippers
6ChicagoChicago Bulls3.8605.3138.55%65.63
7DetroitDetroit Pistons5.3317.6536.74%35.41
7HoustonHouston Rockets2564.8150.60%25.41
7MiamiMiami Heat5.3271.656.34%35.41
7San AntonioSan Antonio Spurs1.5238.7749.64%55.41
11DallasDallas Mavericks2726.0549.72%15.26
12DenverDenver Nuggets7.2372.8461.76%05.19
12MilwaukeeMilwaukee Bucks6.8122.4765.93%25.19
14TorontoToronto Raptors2.3324.4562.47%14.89
15Oklahoma CityOklahoma City Thunder2.4248.447.85%14.52
16WashingtonWashington Wizards8.8264.6943.22%14.37
17OrlandoOrlando Magic11.2306.4236.58%04.3
18CharlotteCharlotte Hornets4.7268.445.02%04.15
18ClevelandCleveland Cavaliers5.2198.5239.52%14.15
18MinneapolisMinnesota Timberwolves5465.1843.79%04.15
18PortlandPortland Trail Blazers5.6193.4552.59%14.15
22New YorkNew York Knicks
Brooklyn Nets
22PhoenixPhoenix Suns0.7516.6748.85%04.07
22SacramentoSacramento Kings3.9315.5640.64%14.07
25Salt LakeUtah Jazz3.5134.9462.52%03.63
26New OrleansNew Orleans Pelicans9.2203.3345.48%03.41
27IndianapolisIndiana Pacers0.6238.0351.29%03.33
28MemphisMemphis Grizzlies2.1167.4146.94%02.96


  • Using our research into the teams with the best home-field advantage to get the average win percentage for each team in each city for the last five years.
  • For cities with more than one team, we took the average for those teams to get the city’s average.
  • We used Wikipedia to get the number of championships each NBA team had.
  • Our average beer, soft drink, and hot dog prices came from Team Marketing.
  • We used Yelp to find the number of sports bars, as well as the number of stadiums and arenas in each city. We looked at sports bars, stadiums, and arenas within five miles of the city center.
  • We normalized the above factors to get a score out of 10, before taking an average of these scores to get our results, focusing only on the city’s local team for that sport.


Austin Harper

Austin is a co-founders at Betsperts and a devoted father of 2. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Austin is passionate about the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Austin received his Bachelors of Science from Clemson University and gets back for Clemson football and basketball games every chance he gets!

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