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The following is a list of Major League Baseball teams by population. There are currently 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises. Twenty nine of those franchisees are located in the United States, while the remaining franchise is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Statistics used in the table are from the United States Census Bureau's 2009 Metropolitan Statistical Area estimates and the Canada 2006 Census' 2009 projection. The New York metropolitan area, which is the most populous metropolitan area in the United States as well as the largest MLB market, houses two MLB franchises; the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.
The least populous metropolitan area in the majors is the Milwaukee metropolitan area, which is the home of the Milwaukee Brewers. According to the 2000 United States Census, the American League's total market size is 6,871,440 while the National League's is 6,094,087. The average market size of the entire MLB is 5,293,083, larger that the average of the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the National Football League. There are currently four metropolitan areas in North America that have another major league sports franchise and are larger than the smallest market in MLB, but do not have an MLB franchise. Those metro areas are Greater Montreal, the Portland metropolitan area, Metro Vancouver and the Sacramento metropolitan area.
The following sortable table lists and ranks the population of metropolitan areas that have MLB franchises with the following data:
- The United States metropolitan population and rankings are based on a July 1, 2009 estimate by the United States Census Bureau
- The Canadian metropolitan population and rankings are based on the Canada 2006 Census projections for the year of 2009
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Team-by-Team Information". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. http://mlb.mlb.com/team/index.jsp?tcid=nav_mlb_sitelist. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Metropolitan Statistical Area (2009 estimate)". United States Census Bureau. United States Department of Commerce. http://www.census.gov/popest/metro/files/2009/CBSA-EST2009-alldata.csv. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Population of census metropolitan areas (2006 Census boundaries)". Statistics Canada. Statistics Canada. http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/demo05a-eng.htm. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Baseball Markets by Al Streit". Baseball Almanac. Baseball Almanac. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/articles/baseball_markets.shtml. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
- ↑ Sandomir, Richard (20 October 2009). "Philly and New York prove better baseball markets than L.A.". The New York Times. The Providence Journal Co. http://www.projo.com/redsox/content/projo-20091020-philly-new-york.235884a75.html. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
- ↑ Bill King; Scott Thomas (6 August 1999). "Study: baseball market size meaningless". American City Business Journals, Inc. Cincinnati Business Courier. http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/1999/08/09/story6.html. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
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