Report: Salt Lake City has most gamers per capita

Scarborough Research ranks US regions in terms of percentage of households that own a gaming system; Utah capital takes first, Florida brings in the rear.

There's no doubt that the US has embraced gaming in the industry's rise to the mainstream, but which cities get their game on more than others? Research firm Scarborough Research sought to answer that question by finding out which metropolitan regions had the highest percentage of console-owning households.

Across the US as a whole, Scarborough Research found that 24 percent of American homes own a gaming console. A list of Scarborough Research's findings by region is below.

America's game mecca?

Leading the list was Salt Lake City, Utah, with 32 percent of homes owning at least one "video game system." Lexington, Kentucky, Flint, Michigan, and Toledo, Ohio, were right behind Salt Lake City with 30 percent of households owning a gaming system, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News, Virginia, were in third with 29 percent.

Bringing up the rear were four regions from the Sunshine State, suggesting that warm weather and beaches are gamers' kryptonite. The Fort Meyers/Naples, Florida, area was dead last with only 15 percent of households picking up a controller. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale ended up second to last with 19 percent, and West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce and Tampa/St. Petersburg tied for third to last with 20 percent.

Scarborough also researched retailers and discovered that Wal-Mart is the number one audio/video retailer for US gaming households to make a purchase (the research did not say the purchase had to be game-related). One-third of households that own a console "have made a purchase" at the megaretailer in the past year. Best Buy (30 percent), Target (16 percent), Circuit City (15 percent), and Radio Shack (7 percent) rounded out the top five audio/video stores.

City or Region / Percentage of console-owning homes
Salt Lake City / 32
Lexington / 30
Flint/Saginaw/Bay City / 30
Toledo / 30
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton / 29
Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News / 29
Indianapolis / 28
Green Bay/Appleton / 28
Atlanta / 28
Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto / 28
Chicago / 27
Tulsa / 27
Wichita/Hutchinson / 27
Baltimore / 27
Syracuse / 26
Honolulu / 26
Denver / 26
Cincinnati / 26
Rochester / 26
Portland / 26
Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem / 26
Mobile/Pensacola / 26
Las Vegas / 26
Oklahoma City / 25
Birmingham / 25
Providence/New Bedford / 25
Kansas City / 25
Houston / 25
Des Moines/Ames / 25
Charleston/Huntington / 25
Detroit / 25
Columbus / 25
Raleigh/Durham / 25
Albany/Schenectady/Troy / 25
Austin / 25
Seattle/Tacoma / 25
Nashville / 25
Louisville / 24
Washington, DC / 24
Fresno/Visalia / 24
Pittsburgh / 24
Dayton / 24
Cleveland/Akron / 24
Memphis / 24
Dallas/Fort Worth / 24
Phoenix / 24
Roanoke/Lynchburg / 24
Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek / 24
Philadelphia / 23
San Diego / 23
Los Angeles / 23
Buffalo / 23
San Antonio / 23
Milwaukee / 23
Jacksonville / 23
El Paso / 22
New York / 22
Minneapolis/St. Paul / 22
Knoxville / 22
Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson / 22
St. Louis / 21
Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York / 21
Boston / 21
Spokane / 21
Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne / 21
Albuquerque/Santa Fe / 21
Richmond/Petersburg / 21
Hartford/New Haven / 21
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose / 21
Charlotte / 20
Tucson / 20
West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce / 20
Tampa/St.Petersburg / 20
Miami/Ft.Lauderdale / 19
Fort Myers/Naples / 15

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Sharvie
Sharvie

"Florida brings in the rear." :lol:

zsc4
zsc4

Nice, Shame on Florida :lol:

Vectorcade
Vectorcade

I live in SLC (well, West Valley to be more precise but it's all the same) and it's not too suprising. I own tons of game systems from the 2600 to the Wii and most everyone I know here has a couple of game systems in their home. It's pretty easy to find classic games in the thrift stores here. This also might explain why the arcade scene in the Salt Lake valley is pretty alive when in other places around the country it isn't doing that well.

pieyow
pieyow

Exactly Kfoss, that's exactly my point. What's the critieria? What age bracket was the survey done upon? Was the same amount of people chosen from every city surveyed? Etc...

pieyow
pieyow

netolic: 23 percent of LA's 4 million people is still over 800,000 people alone. I'm sure the survey didn't account every single household. I'd like to know how they gathered their data. Since right now it's all misleading. I'd feel different if we were comparing similar city sizes to each other. But their not.

lzorro
lzorro

DAMN!!! Chicago missed the top 10 by 1! :evil:

Kfoss
Kfoss

Whhhaaaaa.... what do they classify as a "video gameing system" and how is that baised on per capita population?...32% of what for SLC... what population number?..the people there or the same amount for all cities across the nation..and how many were polled...and who was polled...its not im surprised im just tired of studies that dont list there controls

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

SLC: More gamer per capita than any other city Utah: One of the lowest violent crime rates in the country Hmmmm, that couldn't have anything to do with that whole thing about Mormons teaching the importance of having a close knit family, could it?

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Sounds about right I live in utah I have owned all game consoles since the atari 2600. Everybody I know has at least one and It is not hard to not see one somewhere. Every kid I knew in school way back had one. There is a game shop of some type nearly on every corner and even super markets sell and rent games here. Mentioning you have a game system get an excited look rather than stares and I have no problem finding people to play wireless with the DS at cafe. and most are not mormans I am not.

VengenceZero
VengenceZero

I guess louisville did good. Go Cardinals! But baltimore dissapoints me

morrow4
morrow4

"that's actually surprising. most mormons are against any kind of violence. they must really go for the nintendo." well at least the adults dont like violence in games. im mormon and i play all kinds of violent games but its prolly cuz im a teenager.

robfield
robfield

Wow...Utah? You would think of a more urbanized area. Though Salt Lake is a pretty big city

phillangees
phillangees

Yeah...I'm shocked that the mormons are playing the games!... Pardon me whilst I play me a little God of War 2. SLC for teh win.

coolcool23
coolcool23

I feel ashamed to live in Milwaukee / 23. I mean, I have a gamecube, xbox and ps3 as well as a psp, so I'm trying to do my part!!!!! :)

Malganis1111
Malganis1111

Hey guess what im a mormon and i live in SLC and im not against violence i do partake of video games, i own a wii adn 360 including gears of war, zelda, lostplanet, and alot of other games.

theKSMM
theKSMM

So it's agreed then. The LAN party will be in Salt Lake City this year. Actually I'm more surprised by those store numbers than the city rankings. Wal-Mart on top is not surprising. Their reach in small towns and rural areas is unmatched. That Best Buy had twice the percentage that Circuit City does *is* surprising. I've always found Circuit City more accessible in the places I've shopped. If I didn't pass a Circuit City on my way to Best Buy, there was one near the BB store. Seeing those numbers, GameSpot's decision to post sales data from BB doesn't seem so absurd.

Merl57
Merl57

i thought mormans dont partake in living ie games

andrewlkt
andrewlkt

Is anybody else surprised by Florida having the fewest? It's a known fact that most senior citizens don't care about these newfangled things the young uns play.

TiRoSu13
TiRoSu13

Sweet, I live in Toledo, OH.

duque501
duque501

The more boring the city is, more console per homes will be, within this cold and nothing to do cities consoles are a necesity, the other cities have beachs and girls walking wearing short skirts, who needs a console over there?

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

Woot for Greenville/Spartunburg/Anderson County. Thats weird seeing that up there. Who would of known, upstate SC.

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

#9 Atlanta! Sweet!! I live two hours away in Augusta, but yeah it's close enough.

hectorjesus
hectorjesus

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Silenthps
Silenthps

damn i live in ft. lauderdale. second to last lol

DrKill09
DrKill09

They have a lot of gamers cause their "beer" is only 2%! Can't drink real beer, so all that is left to do is game. :P

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

The lesson here is that old people dont care for gol-derned fancy contraptions like game-playin' machines

cricketboy2238
cricketboy2238

Of course Ft. Myers doesn't have any video game consoles, it's all snowbirds and old people, except for East Ft. Myers which isn't the richest place on earth by any stretch of the imagination. I'm also wondering if these numbers are for the city proper or the metro, because if it were the metro then Detroit probably would have ranked higher. I grew up in suburban Detroit and basically everyone I know had a video game system.

stephbm6
stephbm6

SLC? I live there and it's hard to believe that we beat out NY or LA.

MangyForestCat
MangyForestCat

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paullywog
paullywog

that's actually surprising. most mormons are against any kind of violence. they must really go for the nintendo.

Batalskar
Batalskar

Its FT. MYERS not meyers =P Hooray im in the itsy bitsy minority, nice to see a shout out for Naples though. If any of you have ever heard of Naples then yes the rumors are true, snowbirds during season, ghosttown during the summer. I would like to meet the other 14 people that play games around here =P

nobeaner
nobeaner

WOOHOO! Go Sactown. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto / 28

BurningChrome
BurningChrome

Heres to Denver(my new hometown!) in the top 6-YEA!! LEEERRRRROOOOYY JEENNNNKINNNS!!

prioritymail
prioritymail

Hey!, Im one of the 19 percent in the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area!!! Wooooot!!!

TryMe01
TryMe01

although it is interesting, the stats aint enough to change anything

BLAZEXIII
BLAZEXIII

Oh and west jordan is not even more than ten miles way from slc so it's pretty much all the same area.....SLC 4 EVA!!!!

BLAZEXIII
BLAZEXIII

Hey whats up everyone ....well me being from west jordan utah and thats where i currently reside, i will tell you that yes...it seems like everyone around here is a gamer ...i mean people everywhere are starting to play games, and thats cause it's just not like it used to be way back in 86.....games are much different now ...so yeah especially in the winter time i mean EVERYONE!! stays indoors and plays games ....it's either that or go snowboarding or ski'ing and stay in the warmth of your home and play your xbox or playstation thats pretty much it and im glad they posted this because it's the truth

gamecube120
gamecube120

Woah, I missed over another stat up there...Green Bay/Appleton (WI) is toward the top, too! I was born in Appleton. Man, everywhere I go, gaming follows :D

gamecube120
gamecube120

Puppy0: EXACTLY Oh, and whoever denies that there are sexy girls in Utah hasn't met a mormon woman yet. Holy s#!t

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Wow, SLC pwning in the owning department. Who woulda thunk? WOW, and Fort Pierce, FL getting in an article for something other than murders and crack!? Unheard of! Fort Pierce, FTW! Looks like I'm in that 20%, w00t w00t!

ZeroWil
ZeroWil

While this indeed somewhat surprising. It doesn't mean there are more people who have video game consoles in SLC than a city like say, NYC or Los Angeles. Since these 2 cities are larger than SLC (I'm not sure about LA though :p) Nonetheless, pretty interesting stuff.

Puppy0
Puppy0

I would like to see some statistical explanation of this. Most people posting really don't understand 'Per Capita'. Out of every 100 people living in the city, X number of people own a console. As someone else said, it's simple math! :) I bet if you look at the percentage of people under 18, percentage of people from 18 - 24, etc.. you will find a high correlation between the percentage of young people and the percentage of console ownership. For example, in SLC (my hometown) 23.6% of the population was under 18 years old in the 2000 census. SLC has the youngest population in the nation! I don't think this study has as much to do with the the cities nightlife as it does with the cities demographic.

zymase
zymase

Plenty of good looking women here too, sigma8... come by and take a look sometime. And yeah, I am proud of it.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Honolulu / 26 so much for that beach comment