With this year’s video game hardware sales up 81% compared to the previous year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best Cities for Gamers.
To determine the best places to be a serious gamer, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 22 key indicators of gamer-friendliness. The data ranges from average internet speed to video-game stores per capita.
|Top 20 Cities for Gamers|
|1. Irvine, CA||11. Los Angeles, CA|
|2. Austin, TX||12. Raleigh, NC|
|3. San Francisco, CA||13. Oakland, CA|
|4. Seattle, WA||14. Plano, TX|
|5. Orlando, FL||15. Madison, WI|
|6. Anaheim, CA||16. Durham, NC|
|7. Fremont, CA||17. Denver, CO|
|8. San Diego, CA||18. Atlanta, GA|
|9. Washington, DC||19. Portland, OR|
|10. San Jose, CA||20. New York, NY|
Best vs. Worst
- Las Vegas has the most video-game stores per square root of the population, 0.031378, which is 26 times more than in Boston, the city with the fewest at 0.001209.
- Irvine, California, has the highest average download speed, 89 Mbps, which is 3.6 times higher than in Buffalo, New York, the city with the lowest at 25 Mbps.
- Gilbert, Arizona, has the highest share of households with a broadband connection, 95.80 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Detroit, the city with the lowest at 64.40 percent.
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the cheapest monthly internet cost, $41.88, which is three times cheaper than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the most expensive at $123.85.