Alabama fans, you’ve won another title. This time, it’s for the “Best SEC City”, awarded by the real estate blog Movoto. Tuscaloosa beat out Starkville, Baton Rouge and 11 other SEC cities to take the top honor.
Movoto used 10 different categories to determine its champion and averaged each score together to complete its rankings. Those categories were:
1. Tailgating2. Sports bars per capita3. Sports radio stations per capita4. Total conference titles in football, basketball and baseball5. Total national championship in football, basketball and baseball6. Total number of students vs. a city’s population7. Wins over football rival8. Wins over basketball rival9. Average football fan attendance in relation to arena capacity10. Average basketball fan attendance in relation to arena capacity.
Sure, it’d be easy to pick apart the flaws in any kind of system like this – but at least they tried to put together a respectable formula. Here’s a graph of the results (click to enlarge).
The results, for those who don’t like charts:
1. Tuscaloosa (Alabama)2. Starkville (Mississippi State)3. Baton Rouge (LSU)4. Oxford (Ole Miss)5. College Station (TAMU)6. Columbia (Mizzou)7. Athens (UGA)8. Gainesville (Florida)9. Knoxville (Tennessee)10. Auburn (Auburn)11. Fayetteville (Arkansas)12. Columbia (SC)13. Lexington (UK)14. Nashville (Vandy)
Tough times, Nashville. At least Vanderbilt is easily the best academic institution in the SEC – you’ve got that going for you.