Long Islanders, Texans spend most on gaming

  • 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