Where is the largest gaming community in the United States?
HOUSTON (KIAH) – The game has reached a new all-time high, with 3 in 4 Americans playing video games, according to a 2020 study.
But which states have the largest gaming communities per capita?
Maryland was # 1, according to GetCenturyLink, with the most gaming Meetup groups. New Jersey was just behind when it comes to player communities, followed by California and Texas, respectively.
Six factors were taken into account when tabulating the results. They include:
- Population demographics
- Number of gaming conventions
- Number of social game groups
- Average Internet download speed
- Percentage of residents who own computers
- Access to 5G coverage
Maryland, which is # 3 for 5G coverage with an average of 53%, has more than 39% of its population in the age group that makes up the bulk of the gaming population.
California had the most gaming conventions and Comic-Cons of any state. New York had the highest number of Meetup gaming groups, Utah had the highest percentage of residents with computers, and New Jersey had the highest 5G coverage.
The state with the smallest player communities per capita was West Virginia, followed by Maine (49th), Vermont (48th) and Montana (47th).
The rankings were determined by assessing the number of state residents between the ages of 15 and 44, the age group that makes up the largest demographic in the game, according to a report by the ESA.