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Pittsburghers Are 55% More Likely to Play Fantasy Sports

Image Credit: Unsplash 9/7/17 (Dan Gold)

The Gist: Pittsburgh is a huge sports city, so it’s no surprise that this translates to fantasy sports as well. Only 18% of the General Population have played fantasy sports, compared to 25% of Pittsburghers.


I’m not a big sports fan, but you’d have to have the best selective hearing known to be man to phase out today’s top sports events. And when there’s not sports…there’s fantasy sports. A league all in its own.

Although interest in sports has been continually declining, fantasy sports seem to only be thriving in popularity.

After sorting through our data, I found that 18% of U.S. adults have played fantasy sports. That is only a 3% difference from estimates about this year’s player population, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, which accounts for Americans over the age of 12. So, naturally, there would be a bit of a difference.

Recent CivicScience data show that 18% of Americans have played fantasy sports.

This is cool and all, but what about Pittsburgh? I couldn’t help but ask due to our company’s Pittsburgh pride, and the fact that Pittsburghers live and breathe sports (I’ve been here for a little over a year now, so hopefully I’ve built up the ethos to be able to say that…)

Recent CivicScience data show that 25% of Pittsburgh Adults have played fantasy sports.

As you can see, 25% of Pittsburgh adults have played fantasy sports. That’s a 39% difference from the general population. For another comparison, it’s 56% higher than New Yorker City dwellers who have played in a fantasy league.

So, it seems Pittsburgh wears the crown (or the ring, whichever works) when it comes to any sort of sport, even if it’s just through a screen.

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