Benn Stancil over at Mode published an interesting article today that compares where college football players come from originally. He took the hometown that ESPN lists for all 25,000 Division I college football players and created an interactive map that shows which counties have produced more talent.
King County is pretty high on the list, coming in a tie for producing the 26th most Division I football players with 153.
Los Angeles County, Calif. (648) and Harris County, Texas (498) unsurprisingly are the top two producers. Dallas County, Texas (404) and Miam-Dade, Fla. (379) come in a close second and third, respectively. The fact that Southern California, Texas (Houston and Dallas areas) and South Florida are the regions with the highest numbers really just reinforce what most football fans already knew.
Here are the counties that have produced the most Division I college football players. Something to keep in mind when perusing the list: Los Angeles, Cook, Harris, Maricopa, San Diego, Orange (Calif.) and Miami-Dade Counties are the seven most populous counties in the country, according to a U.S. Census conducted in 2010. King County is the 14th most populous.
1. Los Angeles County (Calif.): 648
2. Harris County (Texas): 498
3. Dallas County (Texas): 404
4. Miami-Dade County (Fla.): 379
5. Broward County (Fla.): 350
6. Cook County (Ill.): 330
7. Fulton County (Ga.): 279
8. Maricopa County (Ariz.): 258
9. Tarrant County (Texas): 254
10. San Diego County (Calif.): 248
11. Orange County (Calif.): 242
12. Gwinnett County (Ga.): 221
13. Palm Beach (Fla.): 219
14. Hillsborough County (Fla.): 210
15. Allegheny County (Penn.): 209
16. Mecklenburg County (N.C.): 202
T-17. Jefferson County (Ala.): 194
T-17. Hamilton County (Ohio): 194
19. Orange County (Fla.): 190
20. Cuyahoga County (Ohio): 175
21. Riverside County (Calif.): 174
22. Dural County (Fla.): 171
23. Wake County (N.C.): 163
24. Fort Bend County (Texas): 161
25. DeKalb County (Ga.): 158
T-26. King County (Wash.): 153
T-26. Prince George’s County (Md.): 153