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Which cities are best for NFL fans?

Trulia ranks the nation's most popular football cities and the best places to live
  • New York ranks as the top city for NFL fans despite having a median sales price of $1.2 million, which was the highest reported median value in the top 10.
  • Popular football towns like Detroit, Buffalo and Green Bay didn't make the top 10 list, primarily due to the cold weather.
  • The average median sales price is higher in the NFC ($439,246) compared with the AFC ($330,329).

It’s hard to find a homebuyer that doesn’t root for an NFL team, so when someone’s thinking about moving to your city, it might help to know how strong the fanbase is.

Redfin recently ranked the best NFL cities for tailgating, but that isn’t for every fan. For those looking for other facets of fandom besides pre-gaming, Trulia complied a list of the best places for fans of football.

Because it’s not all about the best team, the best NFL cities are competing head-to-head in the best spots to watch the game, sports shops to get new gear and the overall best locale to be a fan.

Trulia used Yelp data for the cities measured to determine the number of spots fans can gather and cheer on their favorite team. Those establishments were then ranked, and an average was taken of all ranks for each city to determine the overall score. Trulia also used data from bizjournals.com, mplsrealtor.com, ruskinarc.com and mdpl.org to measure the other aforementioned categories.

The breakdown starts with the AFC and the NFC on the field, which have an average median sales price of $330,329 and $439,246, respectively. The NFC East (New York City, Dallas, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia) is home to the highest average median sales price, Trulia says, at $669,326. The NFC West (Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix and San Francisco) has the second-highest average median sales price, at $653,687.

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AFC North (Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh), AFC South (Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Nashville), NFC North (Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minneapolis) and NFC South (Atlanta, Charlotte, New Orleans and Tampa Bay) teams have the most affordable homes of all eight divisions, according to the report.

The AFC East (Boston, Buffalo, Miami and New York City) and West (Denver, Kansas City, Oakland and San Diego) are around the middle of the pack, the report says.

The real estate power rankings for the best cities for football fans pin New York City in the top ranking spot, with a median sales price of $1.2 million. Los Angeles ranked no. 2 and Chicago no. 3, which have a respective $695,000 and $274,000 median sales price.

San Francisco ranked no. 5 and Houston no. 6, with respective median sales prices of $1,151,750 and $427,871.

The most affordable places to live on the top 10 are Philadelphia and Phoenix.

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