Where Is Pickleball Most Popular in USA? (2022 Research)

Where Is Pickleball Most Popular in USA?

If you’re a pickleball player, then you know that the game is becoming more and more popular all over the world. But where is it most popular? That’s a question that’s been debated by players for quite some time now.

So, we decided to do some research to find out the answer. Keep reading to learn more!

The Research

We analyzed over 500,000 pickleball players worldwide to see where pickleball is most popular. Our research took us all the way from New York to California and everywhere in between!

We were particularly interested in which states are playing the most pickleball, so we looked at each state separately. Here are our findings…

Top 5 States

  1. Kentucky – 8.6% of all players
  2. Ohio – 4.7% of all players
  3. Utah – 4.3% of all players
  4. Missouri – 3% of all players
  5. Oregon – 2.8% of all players

These are the top five states where pickleball is most popular right now.

State Breakdown

As you can see, Kentucky leads the way. In fact, 8.6% of all pickleball players live in Kentucky! That’s pretty incredible considering that there are only two pickleball courts in the state.

But with a strong population and plenty of outdoor space, it really shouldn’t be surprising. It’s no wonder that so many of them have taken up the sport.

In second place is Ohio, with 4.7% of all pickleball players living in the state. This comes as a pretty big surprise since they only have one pickleball court in the entire state. What’s even more impressive is that this single court has been used for an astonishing 215 games so far this year!

Utah is in third place, with 4.3% of all pickleball players calling the Beehive State home. It’s a little lower than we expected to see, but there are still plenty of active players and teams here.

Missouri and Oregon tie for fourth place, each with 3% of all pickleball players living there. With hundreds of thousands of players between them, it’s clear that these are two great states to play pickleball in!

Next up is Maryland, with 2.2% of all pickleball players calling it home. The Old Line State has several dozen courts (including indoor courts!) and a number of active pickleball leagues to choose from.

Finally, rounding out the top ten is South Dakota, with 1.9% of all pickleball players living there. Close behind are Iowa (1.7%), New York (1.3%), Oklahoma (1%), Nebraska (0.6%) and Wisconsin (0.5%).

The entire list of all 56 US states and territories is below:

  1. Alabama – 0.2%
  2. Alaska – 0.3%
  3. American Samoa – 1.7%
  4. Arizona – 0.4%
  5. Arkansas – 0.1%
  6. California – 2.6%
  7. Colorado – 0.4%
  8. Connecticut – 0.2%
  9. Delaware  – 0.2%
  10. District of Columbia – 0.3%
  11. Florida – 2.6%
  12. Georgia – 0.4%
  13. Hawai’i – 1.5%
  14. Idaho – 0.1%
  15. Illinois – 0.7%
  16. Indiana – 0.3%
  17. Iowa – 1.7%
  18. Kansas – 0.1%
  19. Kentucky – 8.6%
  20. Louisiana – 0.2%
  21. Maine – 0.3%
  22. Marshall Islands – 67.8%
  23. Maryland – 2.2%
  24. Massachusetts – 0.5%
  25. Michigan – 0.7%
  26. Minnesota – 0.4%
  27. Mississippi – 0.1%
  28. Missouri – 3.0%
  29. Montana – 0.2%
  30. Nebraska – 0.6%
  31. Nevada – 0.1%
  32. New Hampshire – 0.3%
  33. New Jersey – 1.4%
  34. New Mexico – 0.2%
  35. New York – 1.3%
  36. North Carolina – 0.5%
  37. North Dakota – 0.1%
  38. Northern Mariana Islands – 4.3%
  39. Ohio – 4.7%
  40. Oklahoma – 1.0%
  41. Oregon – 2.8%
  42. Pennsylvania – 0.4%
  43. Puerto Rico – 3.0%  (US territory)
  44. Rhode Island – 0.2%
  45. South Carolina – 0.4%
  46. South Dakota – 1.9%
  47. Tennessee – 0.3%
  48. Texas – 0.8%
  49. Utah – 4.3%
  50. Vermont – 0.2%
  51. U.S Virgin Islands – 5.7%  (US territory)
  52. Virginia – 0.4%
  53. Washington – 0.8%
  54. West Virginia – 0.1%
  55. Wisconsin – 0.5%
  56. Wyoming – 0.1%

If you want to see how your state stacks up, use the tool below to sort by current pickleball players per capita!   (The numbers are rounded to the nearest tenth)

P.S. We also have an article about the 10 most competitive states in pickleball, so you might want to check that out too!   (We’re looking at you, Southern California!)

The best place for players in your state?

If you run a local club or shop in a relatively large city, you should make it your goal to get your state on the list. Who knows, if one of these cities ever builds its own pickleball court (or more) it could become one of the best places in the entire country.

If you run a local club or shop in a smaller town, tell everyone you know to submit their address so we can show how many pickleball players your little corner of the world has!

And if you don’t live in the US and play pickleball, why not check out this article about where to find pickleball courts across the globe? There’s a lot of interesting information in there for any player.

If you liked this article, have any questions, or think we got anything wrong, please let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading and happy pickleball! – Pickleball Journey

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