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Population Base Per Franchise
Pop. Rank Metro Area 2000 Census Population Change 1990-2000 Franchise Data w/Additional MLB Team
NHL NBA NFL MLB Total Pop. Base Per Franchise
2 Los Angeles--Riverside--Orange County 16,373,645 12.7% 2 2 0 2 6 2,728,941 2,728,941
1 New York--Northern New Jersey--Long Island 21,199,865 8.4% 3 2 2 2 9 2,355,541 2,355,541
22 Portland--Salem 2,265,223 26.3% 0 1 0 0 1 2,265,223 1,132,612
3 Chicago--Gary--Kenosha 9,157,540 11.1% 1 1 1 2 5 1,831,508 1,831,508
24 Sacramento--Yolo 1,796,857 21.3% 0 1 0 0 1 1,796,857 1,796,857
27 Orlando 1,644,561 34.3% 0 1 0 0 1 1,644,561 1,644,561
29 San Antonio 1,592,383 20.2% 0 1 0 0 1 1,592,383 1,592,383
10 Houston--Galveston--Brazoria 4,669,571 25.2% 0 1 1 1 3 1,556,524 1,556,524
6 Philadelphia--Wilmington--Atlantic City 6,188,463 5.0% 1 1 1 1 4 1,547,116 1,547,116
32 Columbus 1,540,157 14.5% 1 0 0 0 1 1,540,157 1,540,157
4 Washington D.C.--Baltimore 7,608,070 13.1% 1 1 2 1 5 1,521,614 1,268,118
7 Boston--Worcester--Lawrence 5,819,100 6.7% 1 1 1 1 4 1,454,775 1,454,775
17 San Diego, CA 2,813,833 12.6% 0 0 1 1 2 1,406,917 1,406,917
8 Detroit--Ann Arbor--Flint 5,456,428 5.2% 1 1 1 1 4 1,364,107 1,364,107
35 Salt Lake City--Ogden 1,333,914 24.4% 0 1 0 0 1 1,333,914 1,333,914
9 Dallas--Fort Worth 5,221,801 29.3% 1 1 1 1 4 1,305,450 1,305,450
13 Seattle--Tacoma--Bremerton 3,554,760 19.7% 0 1 1 1 3 1,184,920 1,184,920
5 San Francisco--Oakland--San Jose 7,039,362 12.6% 1 1 2 2 6 1,173,227 1,173,227
11 Atlanta 4,112,198 38.9% 1 1 1 1 4 1,028,050 1,028,050
12 Miami--Fort Lauderdale 4,112,198 21.4% 1 1 1 1 4 1,028,050 1,028,050
23 Cincinnati--Hamilton 1,979,202 8.9% 0 0 1 1 2 989,601 989,601
16 Cleveland--Akron 2,945,831 3.0% 0 1 1 1 3 981,944 981,944
25 Kansas City 1,776,062 12.2% 0 0 1 1 2 888,031 888,031
18 St. Louis 2,603,607 4.5% 1 0 1 1 3 867,869 867,869
14 Phoenix--Mesa 3,251,876 45.3% 1 1 1 1 4 812,969 812,969
28 Indianapolis 1,607,486 16.4% 0 1 1 0 2 803,743 803,743
20 Tampa--St. Petersburg--Clearwater 2,395,997 15.9% 1 0 1 1 3 798,666 798,666
21 Pittsburgh 2,358,695 -1.5% 1 0 1 1 3 786,232 786,232
15 Minneapolis--St. Paul 2,968,806 16.9% 1 1 1 1 4 742,202 742,202
33 Charlotte--Gastonia--Rock Hill 1,499,293 29.0% 0 1 1 0 2 668,863 668,863
34 New Orleans 1,337,726 4.1% 1 0 0 1 2 668,863 668,863
19 Denver--Boulder--Greeley 2,581,506 30.4% 1 1 1 1 4 645,377 645,377
26 Milwaukee--Racine 1,689,572 5.1% 0 1 1 1 3 563,191 563,191
30 Norfolk--Virginia Beach--Newport News 1,569,541 8.8% 0 0 0 0 0    
31 Las Vegas 1,563,282 83.3% 0 0 0 0 0    
NOTE: With the addition of an MLB franchise into the DC or Portland markets, DC would rank 15th and Portland 18th in population base per franchise

Source: The 2000 US Census: Metropolitan Areas Ranked by Population: 2000