Daytona 500 Roars Into Households Across America

All eyes may be on the city of Daytona this weekend for the Super Bowl of NASCAR, but we wanted to know which American cities are the biggest NASCAR fans. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not Daytona!) But what defines a “fan?” Experian Simmons examined a number of factors that determine fan-dom, including one’s self-reported interest in NASCAR, watching NASCAR races on television, visiting and even buying NASCAR licensed apparel.

Let’s start with interest. Looking at the percent of area residents who proclaim that they are either “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in NASCAR, we found that the Paducah, Kentucky Designated Market Area (DMA®)—an area that also includes Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Harrisburg and Mt. Vernon, IL—has the highest concentration of NASCAR fans with 24.3% of the area’s estimated 762,617 adults professing their love of NASCAR. By comparison, only 15.1% of all U.S. adults are interested in NASCAR, which means Paducah-area residents are fully 61% more likely than the average American to have NASCAR on the brain.

Interested in NASCAR
#Designated Market Area (DMA®)%Index
1Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO-Harrisburg-Mt Vernon, IL
2Evansville, IN
3Sherman, TX-Ada, OK
4Parkersburg, WV
5Topeka, KS
6Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS
7Des Moines-Ames, IA
8Quincy, IL-Hannibal, MO-Keokuk, IA
9Clarksburg-Weston, WV
10Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV

An estimated 16.2% of all U.S. adults report watching NASCAR events on TV. But when its race day in Paducah, you can expect nearly a quarter (23.7%) of area residents to be tuning in on television making the market the top place to find NASCAR-watching fans.

Watch NASCAR Events on TV
#Designated Market Area (DMA®)%Index
1Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO-Harrisburg-Mt Vernon, IL23.7%147
2Clarksburg-Weston, WV23.4%144
3Columbia-Jefferson City, MO23.1%142
4Evansville, IN23.1%142
5Terre Haute, IN23.0%142
6Parkersburg, WV22.9%142
7Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, AL22.9%141
8Wheeling, WV-Steubenville, OH22.9%141
9Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV22.8%141
10Des Moines-Ames, IA22.8%141

Fans can get their NASCAR fix 365 days a year on Residents of Topeka, Kansas are 70% more likely than the average U.S. adult to have visited the racing organization’s official website. In fact, 5.9% of the Topeka area’s estimated 346,881 adults make an online pit stop at during a typical 30 day period.

Visited in the Last 30 Days
#Designated Market Area (DMA®)%Index
1Topeka, KS5.9%170
2Terre Haute, IN5.7%162
3Columbia-Jefferson City, MO5.5%156
4Wichita-Hutchinson, KS5.4%156
5Oklahoma City, OK5.4%155
6Missoula, MT5.4%153
7Sherman, TX-Ada, OK5.3%152
8Parkersburg, WV5.3%150
9Spokane, WA5.2%149
10Butte-Bozeman, MT5.2%148

Residents of the Wheeling, West Virginia-Steubenville, Ohio market are the most likely to wear their NASCAR love on their sleeve, literally. We find that 3.9% of the area’s 253,651 adults have purchased NASCAR licensed apparel in the last year. By comparison, only 1.4% of all U.S. adults bought NASCAR-licensed apparel, which means Wheeling-area residents are fully 2.8 times more likely than the average American to don the NASCAR logo.

Wear NASCAR-Licensed Apparel
#Designated Market Area (DMA®)%Index
1Wheeling, WV-Steubenville, OH3.9%282
2Clarksburg-Weston, WV3.7%266
3Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV3.4%245
4South Bend-Elkhart, IN3.2%231
5Ft. Wayne, IN3.1%224
6Johnstown-Altoona, PA3.1%224
7Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, AL3.0%218
8Youngstown, OH3.0%213
9Charleston-Huntington, WV3.0%212
10Terre Haute, IN2.9%211

For more information on local market estimates from Experian Simmons, visit our website.

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