Seven Pickles

13Apr/140

The 25 Largest Metropolitan Areas Without a Baseball Club

MiLB_metrosHere's a map with a lot going on.
Most notably, the map shows the location of every major and minor league baseball team. These location indicators have been layered over a map produced by the Census Bureau which shows all the areas designated as metropolitan or micropolitan in the United States. Naturally there is some correlation between areas in the dark green and areas with a baseball club. Populated areas are going to draw teams. But which metropolitan areas don't have a club to call their own? Here are the 25 largest metropolitan areas that do not have a team within their borders along with their estimated 2013 population:

1 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area 2,267,846
2 Tucson, AZ Metro Area 996,554
3 Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area 983,429
4 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area 939,904
5 Worcester, MA-CT Metro Area 926,710
6 New Haven-Milford, CT Metro Area 862,287
7 Knoxville, TN Metro Area 852,715
8 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metro Area 839,620
9 Baton Rouge, LA Metro Area 820,159
10 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metro Area 815,996
11 Columbia, SC Metro Area 793,779
12 Wichita, KS Metro Area 637,394
13 Madison, WI Metro Area 627,431
14 Springfield, MA Metro Area 626,915
15 Lancaster, PA Metro Area 529,600
16 Santa Rosa, CA Metro Area 495,025
17 Lafayette, LA Metro Area 479,116
18 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA Metro Area 446,471
19 York-Hanover, PA Metro Area 438,965
20 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area 435,697
21 Salinas, CA Metro Area 428,826
22 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA Metro Area 424,788
23 Killeen-Temple, TX Metro Area 423,257
24 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Metro Area 417,276
25 Flint, MI Metro Area 415,376

Of course, many of these areas are adjacent to or very close to areas with teams. The Orlando area is surrounded by teams on both coasts of Florida. Areas in central Massachusetts and Connecticut are very close to teams both in their home states and New York City. Knoxville has six teams just to the east and there are no shortage of options for areas in California.

Tuscon had a team in 2013, but lost it in 2014. Wichita, Baton Rouge, and Columbia have fairly recent histories with teams. Most other cities host collegiate summer leagues or something similar too, so there's never really baseball very far away. Unless you're in North Dakota. But that's a different map.

More about metro/micropolitan areas and what defines them can be found at https://www.census.gov/population/metro/

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