Hometown loyalty can be a pretty big deal for NFL fans, with many sticking with the team they grew up following whether it’s a family thing or just their local team. However, sometimes a team may relocate or even change names such as the Oakland Raiders moving and becoming the Las Vegas Raiders. But does this have any effect on fan allegiance?
The team at USBettingReport.com took a break from covering legal online sportsbooks and looked at social media data to determine which NFL teams have the biggest hometown supporters and, if not, where certain teams can find their largest fanbase.
Which NFL Teams Have Largest Hometown Fanbase?
With over a third (34%) of followers located in the city, the Houston Texans take the top spot for having the largest hometown fanbase. The Texans returned the NFL to Houston after the Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1996 and became the Tennessee Titans.
Just missing out on taking the title of having the largest hometown fanbase are the New York Jets. The Jets can claim 31% of their nearly million followers from New York City. Having been based in New York City from the start, the Jets did actually undergo a name change from their original title as the Titans of New York in 1963.
Two teams managed to make their way into joint third position. One of two charter members of the NFL to still exist, it’s perhaps not a surprise to see Chicago has one of the largest hometown fanbases with 28% of their following coming from the city of Chicago. The other team in joint third is the Atlanta Falcons, as their total Instagram following of over 1.2 million is made up of 28% from Atlanta.
Meanwhile, taking the final spot in the top five are the Cleveland Browns given that over a quarter (27%) of fans are from the city. While the Browns have always played in Cleveland, the original team and staff did move to become the Baltimore Ravens resulting in a few years of inactivity between 1996 and 1998.
Oakland NFL Fans Remain Loyal to Raiders
According to the research, 7% of Los Angeles Raiders followers, the largest group of any city, live in Oakland.
Established in Oakland, the Raiders moved to Los Angeles in 1982 before moving back to Oakland in 1995. Most recently, in 2020, they relocated yet again to Las Vegas.
This explains why both Los Angeles and Las Vegas have a similar number of Raiders supporters, 5% and 4% of their total following respectively, with the team having been in the three cities at some point in the last 40 years.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Kansas City as the current Super Bowl favorite at +600. The Eagles are second at +750.
Many Bills Fans From New York City
Hometown Buffalo Bills fans may or may not be surprised to hear that the largest fanbase for the team is in New York City. In fact, New York City fans make up 21% of the team’s total following compared to just 4% of those in Buffalo. Although there may be a more straightforward explanation as to the reason behind this given the significant population difference between the two cities. So, it appears not all hometown pride is lost!
Have you remained loyal to your football team through thick and thin? Discover more research like this as well as NFL betting promos for the upcoming season at USBettingReport.com.
By analyzing Instagram data, we were able to determine which city in the U.S. boasted the highest number of followers for each NFL team. Some of the data we unearthed was truly surprising, and it deserves to be highlighted.
We calculated the percentage of HypeAuditor for each team’s top five supportive cities. This percentage was then multiplied by each team’s Instagram following to determine the number of followers from each of the most supportive cities.