According to @smartasset, Grand Forks has been named America's #1 Hockey Town. #UNDProud https://t.co/UVc5Cqk6Kp
— North Dakota MHockey (@UNDmhockey) February 5, 2015
Here's a new article that came out this week. I am sure the other 58 teams in college hockey will probably offer some argument to why this article is flawed. It looks like they might have a solid method of analyzing the different schools.
Data & Methodology
While the NHL is the premier hockey league in the U.S., there are several others with significant fan bases. In addition to all U.S. NHL towns, we considered every U.S. town or city with a team competing in America’s top two minor leagues (the American Hockey League (AHL) and the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)) or in Division I NCAA hockey. That brought the total of towns in our study to 129.2 For each of those 129 towns we first looked at the overall quality of life enjoyed by residents. Specifically, to develop our Quality of Life Score we looked at the following five factors:
Violent Crimes per 100,000 people.
Property Crimes per 100,000 people.
Disposable Income (median income minus median housing costs).
Dining and Entertainment Establishments per 10,000 residents.