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Best Cities for Board Gamers - New Study Reveals Salt Lake City #1

Do you like playing board games? The folks in Salt Lake City sure do. Salt Lake City, Utah takes the #1 spot in the new Best Cities for Board Gamers study by BestPlaces. Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon follow at #2 and #3.

With mega-selling games like Settlers of Catan and Pandemic being played in living rooms, dorms, and bars across America, board games have seen a huge uptick in popularity over the last few years.

Of the 50 largest metro areas, the Best Cities for Board Gamers are:

RankMetro AreaBoard Gamer Score
1.Salt Lake City, UT115.2
2.Austin-Round Rock, TX111.9
3.Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA111.1
4.Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI110.7
5.Raleigh, NC110.6
6.Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA110.1
7.Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO109.9
8.Providence-Warwick, RI-MA108.9
9.Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN107.7
10.Columbus, OH107.5

The $3 billion global board game market is expected to increase to $8 billion by 2021. The data team at BestPlaces.net calculated each metro area’s Board Gamer Score based on board game interest and sales from the MRI-Simmons Survey of the American Consumer and the Doublebase consumer preference surveys.

Rounding out the top 10 are Minneapolis, Raleigh, NC, Seattle, Denver, Providence, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

While it might seem that our reliance on the internet would cause people to neglect these sometimes bulky cardboard and plastic creations, many board game experts credit online availability, reviews, instruction videos, and user recommendations as a reason for the recent surge in board game popularity. In short, the internet has actually helped the popularity of board games rather than hurt it.

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Board games are usually played indoors, and it appears there is a correlation between the Best Cities for Board Gamers and areas with colder, rainier, and snowier weather.

In fact, several of the Best Cities for Board Gamers also appear on the Top Hygge Cities study.

The Danish concept of “Hygge” means making the most of these times of year by being cozy and engaging in activities that elevate mood - such as reading books, lighting candles, and playing board games with friends and family. Cities that made the top ten in both lists include Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and Denver. For more on “Hygge” check out the BestPlaces list of Top Hygge Cities.

Cited article: https://mykindofmeeple.com/why-are-board-games-popular/

Here is the full 50-city ranking of Best Cities for Board Gamers:

 

Rank Metro Area Board Gamer Score 
1.Salt Lake City UT115.2 
2.Austin-Round Rock111.9 
3.Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR111.1 
4Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN110.7 
5.Raleigh NC110.6 
6.Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA110.1 
7.Denver-Aurora-Lakewood CO109.9 
8.Providence-Warwick RI108.9 
9.Cincinnati OH107.7 
10.Columbus OH107.5 
11.Boston-Cambridge-Newton MA106.6 
12.Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT106.0 
13.Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale AZ105.8 
14.Kansas City MO-KS105.7 
15.Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL105.4 
16.San Diego-Carlsbad CA105.3 
17.Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI105.2 
18.Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN105.2 
19.Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade CA105.0 
20.Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV105.0 
21.Oklahoma City OK104.6 
22.Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX104.2 
23.Louisville/Jefferson County KY-IN103.8 
24.Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise NV103.8 
25.Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson IN103.4 
26.Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia NC-SC103.3 
27.Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL102.8 
28.Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA102.3 
29.Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD102.3 
30.Cleveland-Elyria OH102.2 
31.Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI102.2 
32.St. Louis MO-IL102.1 
33.Jacksonville FL101.3 
34.Pittsburgh PA100.8 
35.Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL100.7 
36.Tucson AZ100.5 
37.Rochester NY100.4 
38.Baltimore-Columbia-Towson MD100.3 
39.Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC99.9 
40.Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MI99.8 
41.Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX99.7 
42.San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA98.8 
43.Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA97.9 
44.Richmond VA97.5 
45.New Orleans-Metairie LA97.4 
46.San Antonio-New Braunfels TX97.0 
47.Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA96.9 
48.San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA96.0 
49.New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA95.4 
50.Memphis TN-MS-AR92.0 
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