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World Cup Fever Still Contained Mostly to Coasts (Infographic)

Our helpful map shows where people didn’t watch the U.S.-Germany game

Millions of Americans have World Cup fever, but it remains for the most part a coastal epidemic.

As TheWrap reported last week, the largest markets for ESPN’s household World Cup ratings have been contained mostly to the most Eastern and Western states.

Also read: Here’s Sad Proof Middle America Doesn’t Care About World Cup (Infographic)

And as our new infographic shows, that trend held with Thursday’s matchup between the U.S. and Germany. (Click on the map below to enlarge it, and click here for the map of the top markets for the U.S-Portugal game.)

Could World Cup increase in popularity as the U.S. continues to do well? Of course. And there are exceptions to the coastal clustering of World Cup viewers — especially in Ohio, for reasons we explained last week. But for the most part, soccer is scoring best in markets that are within striking distance of an ocean.

Also read: World Cup USA vs. Belgium: Hollywood’s Studio-by-Studio Guide for Blowing Off Work and Watching the Game

One note: These are are based on Nielsen figures that measure the extent of a game’s viewership in particular ESPN household markets. Because each market is different, it’s difficult to say how many people are reflected in all.

Also, Univision viewers are not included because the network did not provide household numbers for as many markets as ESPN. But in our look at Univision numbers, we found that its biggest markets also tended to be closer to the coasts.

Also read: Hey FIFA, ‘F–k You': Lily Allen Tears Apart World Cup Organization’s ‘Corrupt’ President on Stage (Video)

Why hasn’t soccer penetrated the heartland as much as it has the coastal states? It’s something to debate as the U.S. starts up against Belgium Tuesday. Share your theories in the comments.

Here are ESPN’s the top 56 household markers for the U.S.-Germany game.

1. New York… 9.7
2. San Diego… 8.6
3. Sacramento… 8.3
4. Seattle-Tacoma… 8.1
5. Orlando… 8.1
6. Baltimore… 8.1
7. Columbus, OH… 8.1
8. West Palm Beach… 7.9
9. Providence… 7.6
10. San Francisco… 7.2
11. Austin… 7.2
12. Washington, DC… 7.1
13. Boston… 7.1
14. Richmond-Petersburg… 7.1
15. Norfolk… 7.1
16. Birmingham… 7.1
17. Kansas City… 7.0
18. Hartford & New Haven… 6.8
19. Salt Lake City… 6.6
20. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale… 6.4
21. Jacksonville… 6.3
22. Phoenix… 6.2
23. Los Angeles… 6.2
24. Las Vegas… 6.2
25. Cincinnati… 6.1


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