Final Four facts: 15M expected to watch, Lexington biggest hometown

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Of the hometowns for the Final Four teams, Lexington leads the pack for the biggest according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sometimes known as March Madness or the Big Dance, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament has grown from an eight-team tournament in 1939 to a 68-team, single-elimination playoff with mass appeal. The semifinals and championship games are each expecting more than 100,000 fans, and about 15 million viewers are expected to watch each game on TV.

To commemorate this occasion, the Census Bureau compiled a collection of facts examining the demographics of the host city, as well as the cities represented by the four remaining teams: Madison, Wis. (University of Wisconsin), Gainesville, Fla. (University of Florida), Storrs, Conn. (University of Connecticut) and Lexington (University of Kentucky).

Out of the past 10 national championship games, the school from the city with a smaller population has won seven times (70 percent).

Out of the past 10 years of national semifinal games, the school from the city with a smaller population has won half (10 out of 20) of the games.

Arlington, Texas
(Home of AT&T Stadium, site of the Men's Final Four)
Population: 375,600
Median household income: $53,341
Percentage completed high school or higher (25 and older): 84.2%
Percentage bachelor's degree or higher (25 and older): 28.7%

Gainesville, Fla.
(Home of the University of Florida Gators)
Population: 126,047
Median household income: $32,145
Percentage completed high school or higher (25 and older): 90.9%
Percentage bachelor's degree or higher (25 and older): 43.7%

Storrs, Conn.
(Home of the University of Connecticut Huskies)
Population: 14,031
Median household income: $34,924
Percentage completed high school or higher (25 and older): 95.0%
Percentage bachelor's degree or higher (25 and older): 49.4% Source: QuickFacts and 2008-2012 American Community Survey

Madison, Wis.
(Home of the University of Wisconsin Badgers)
Population: 240,323
Median household income: $53,958
Percentage completed high school or higher (25 and older): 94.8%
Percentage bachelor's degree or higher (25 and older): 53.3%

Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
(Home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats)
Population: 305,489
Median household income: $48,779
Percentage completed high school or higher (25 and older): 88.7%
Percentage bachelor's degree or higher (25 and older): 39.9%


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