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Grand Forks named top hockey town in US

GRAND FORKS - A financial company website has named Grand Forks - home of the University of North Dakota hockey - the top hockey city in the United States based on fan intensity and quality of life.

GRAND FORKS – A financial company website has named Grand Forks – home of the University of North Dakota hockey – the top hockey city in the United States based on fan intensity and quality of life.

And it wasn’t even close.

The scores, tabulated by Smart Asset, were much higher than the next city named, which was Hanover, N.H., home of Dartmouth college’s hockey team, called Big Green. Rounding out the top five were Lewiston, N.Y., home of the Niagara University Purple Eagles; Glens Falls, N.Y., home of the Adirondack Flames and Houghton, Mich., home of the Michigan Tech Huskies. Duluth was 10th.

America’s top two minor league hockey league and Division I NCAA hockey towns were eligible.

As for fan intensity, the website looked at per-game attendance as a percentage of total population. Grand Forks has a population of 53,000 and average per-game attendance of over 10,000 – a 20 percent attendance rate.

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The quality of life issues were statistics on violent crimes, property crimes, disposable income, restaurants and entertainment venues per 10,000 people and unemployment rate.

Minneapolis-St.Paul has been named in the past the best professional hockey city in the U.S.

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