Long Islanders, Texans spend most on gaming

Posted by Mike Luttrell

An intriguing new study looked at where the most per capita video game spending took place, and ended up with some surprising results.

Analytics group Bundle decided to track where the most consumer spending takes place within the video game industry, and analyzed data from Gamestop for physical product purchases, as well as Steam for digital distribution.

The firm also studied credit card transactions from people who lived in the 100 most populated cities in the country, all of which was provided in completely anonymized form.

Nevertheless, Bundle was able to track down gaming purchase activity based on geography, and found that the most per capita spending for video games came from (drumroll, please) Huntington, New York.

Huntington is a suburb of New York City, situated right in the middle of Long Island. The city with the second most per-capita video game spending? It's actually another Long Island town, North Hempstead.

Laredo, Texas came in at third place, but no one was anywhere close to Huntington, whose residents manage to spend more than four times the national average when it comes to video games. North Hempstead ranked at 2.32 times the national average and Laredo is 2.23 times the national average.

Almost all of the top 20 come from the Eastern half of the US, with Fresno as the only representative from the West Coast. Hawaii also curiously shows up in the list, with Honolulu at number 14.

Here's a complete breakdown of the top 50 cities:

1. Huntington, New York - 4.08 times the national average
2. North Hempstead, New York - 2.32 times the national average
3. Laredo, Texas - 2.23 times the national average
4. Chesapeake, Virginia - 2.12 times the national average
5. Modesto, California - 1.99 times the national average
6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 1.99 times the national average
7. El Paso, Texas - 1.97 times the national average
8. Cincinnati, Ohio - 1.95 times the national average
9. Buffalo, New York - 1.88 times the national average
10. Virginia Beach, Virginia - 1.82 times the national average
11. Rochester, New York - 1.77 times the national average
12. Birmingham, Alabama - 1.77 times the national average
13. Miami, Florida - 1.72 times the national average
14. Honolulu, Hawaii - 1.69 times the national average
15. Toledo, Ohio - 1.66 times the national average
16. Baton Rouge, Louisiana - 1.57 times the national average
17. Corpus Christi, Texas - 1.50 times the national average
18. Plano, Texas - 1.47 times the national average
19. Fresno, California - 1.47 times the national average
20. St. Louis, Missouri - 1.37 times the national average
21. San Antonio, Texas
22. Wichita, Kansas
23. Montgomery, Alabama
24. Tulsa, Oklahoma
25. Hialeah, Florida
26. Riverside, California
27. Lubbock, Texas
28. San Bernardino, California
29. Fort Worth, Texas
30. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
31. Fort Wayne, Indiana
32. Bakersfield, California
33. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
34. Chula Vista, California
35. Albuquerque, New Mexico
36. Akron, Ohio
37. Jacksonville, Florida
38. Greensboro, North Carolina
39. Tucson, Arizona
40. Raleigh, North Carolina
41. Stockton, California
42. Arlington, Texas
43. Durham, North Carolina
44. Long Beach, California
45. Chandler, Arizona
46. Lincoln, Nebraska
47. Anchorage, Alaska
48. New York, New York
49. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
50. Aurora, Colorado