Football is revealed as America’s favorite sport by a huge landslide vote, followed by NBA and Golf.

With huge events such as The Super Bowl, US Open, NBA All-Star Game plus many more, there is no doubt the USA is full of sporting super-fans.

But, have you ever caught yourself wondering which sports are most popular in each of the different states?

A new study by has uncovered the favorite sport in each state.

To determine each state’s favorite sport, analyzed Google search data and the number of positive social media sentiments for all top sports in each state, and the results are in!

America’s Favorite Sport by State

Football takes the lead as America’s favorite sport with a landslide victory, as a whopping one-third of the US public voted football as their favorite game.

In second place although nowhere near as popular as Football was Basketball, which secured top spots in Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Rhode Island. Golf oversees victory in Arizona, along with East Coast’s Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, placing it firmly in 3rd place.

Discover your state’s favorite state below:


To be able to determine each state’s favorite sports, it was first important to establish a consistent index scoring system.

To achieve this, Google search data and social media sentiment data was collected for each of football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, ice hockey, NASCAR, soccer, tennis, and WWE across all 50 states (as well as Washington DC).

For each of the two data sets, each sport was ranked by their respective value and assigned each a score between 0-1, relative to their ranked position. It was then combined both index scores to total a value between 0-2. A state’s favorite sport is that which has the highest index score.

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