With the gaming industry projected to bring in $159 billion globally this year as more people stay inside during the coronavirus pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2020’s Best Cities for Gamers, as well as accompanying videos.
To determine the best places to be a serious gamer, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 20 key indicators of gamer-friendliness. The data ranges from average internet speed to video-game stores per capita.
According to the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of male Americans aged 18-29 play video games “often” or “sometimes,” as do 49 percent of female Americans in the same age range. And pro gaming, or “esports,” is growing into a viable career choice for those with the best mechanical skills.
Using factors such as internet speed, internet cost, video-game stores per capita, or percentage of households owning a computer or a smartphone, Wallet Hub came up with the following ranking of the best cities for gamers in 2020 (see full report here).
|Top 20 Cities for Gamers|
|1. Seattle, WA||11. Washington, DC|
|2. San Diego, CA||12. Portland, OR|
|3. New York, NY||13. Atlanta, GA|
|4. Orlando, FL||14. Raleigh, NC|
|5. Irvine, CA||15. Pittsburgh, PA|
|6. Austin, TX||16. Denver, CO|
|7. San Francisco, CA||17. Madison, WI|
|8. San Jose, CA||18. Minneapolis, MN|
|9. Los Angeles, CA||19. Las Vegas, NV|
|10. Boston, MA||20. Sacramento, CA|
Best vs. Worst
The report reveals interesting data, like the fact that:
- Las Vegas has the most video-game stores per square root of the population (0.035371), which is 29.2 times more than in Boston (the city with the fewest, at 0.001213).
- Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the highest average download speed (101 Mbps), which is 3.5 times higher than in Boise, Idaho (the city with the lowest, at 29 Mbps).
- Gilbert, Arizona, has the highest share of households with a broadband connection (94.9%), which is 1.6 times higher than in Detroit (the city with the lowest, at 59.3%).
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the cheapest monthly internet cost ($43.12), which is three times cheaper than in Anchorage, Alaska (the city with the highest cost, at $131.35).