Congratulations, Alaska. You rock. Your tiny, tiny population (less than a million people) sustains four WFTDA leagues.
Recently I spent some quiet time with a spreadsheet, a glass of wine and some census data to figure out which states have the most roller derby (more on this below).
Without further ado, the top 10 states for roller derby are:
8. New Hampshire
And the worst?
43. New Jersey
The data is imperfect. For instance, my last league, Rose City, has something nuts like 300-600 skaters and my new league, Maine Roller Derby has 50 skaters. Yet they both count as one league for each of their states (and both states are great for derby). I don’t have info on how many skaters are in each league, or I’d do that for you.
The rankings are based on how many leagues each state has per capita (based on each state’s population). For that reason, the states with the highest populations (Florida, California, Texas) were ranked pretty low.
So what do you think? Is this pretty accurate? Not at all?
The full list:
8 New Hampshire
11 North Dakota
16 South Dakota
24 New Mexico
25 Rhode Island
28 South Carolina
32 North Carolina
35 New York
39 West Virginia
43 New Jersey
*Montana doesn’t have a full-member WFTDA league. To make the data work, I wrote that it had one. In fact, you could argue Montana should be #50.
One thought on “Which state has the most roller derby?”
As a ref and Skater in Alaska I feel ok with this but can tell you that we are not as populous as this might seem. With our member leagues being three of the largest in the state, we still have a total of 14 active leagues at my most recent count with 12 of those bouting each season. The total numbers of players is likely less than 200 total players including our few men (No Men’s leagues, one COED) and our refs. While we might be a little over that it won’t be by much. But trust me, we are intense about our derby!