Maybe running an APA League is right for you, but there’s already a League in your area. If you’re up for relocating to a great new place, here are the Top 10 markets available in North America. Hurry though, they won’t last long!
Vancouver is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is ranked the “3rd most livable place” on the entire planet – just one of the many reasons it was selected to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Don’t let the Canadian address fool you; Vancouver averages a mild 52 degrees annually, just two degrees cooler than Chicago. It’s also home to one of the Top 5 aquariums in the world. More than 2.3 million people call Vancouver home, meaning there are multiple opportunities to start a League here!
With a metro area of nearly 1.7 million, Milwaukee is one of the top 25 largest cities in the United States. Situated on scenic Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is home to MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. The summer months offer nearly three dozen festivals, including the world’s largest music festival. Milwaukee has been referred to as “Beertown USA” due in part to an abundance of bars and taverns, which means a countless number of pool tables to potentially host APA League activity!
If you’re a winter sports fanatic, Salt Lake City is the spot for you! It’s known as one of the top snow skiing destinations in the world with 11 resorts within an hour’s drive. Salt Lake City has a metro population of 1.3 million people, and is home to the Sundance Film Festival and Great Salt Lake. It boasts the youngest average population in the country at just 27.1 years old, and has the 3rd longest life expectancy, which means young League members who can play for decades!
The perfect market for any football fan! As most people know, Green Bay is home of the legendary Green Bay Packers. The Packers are the only NFL team owned by their fans which means the community is well connected and loves a reason to get together for friendly competition. When the games sell out, no sweat, there’s 159 bars and clubs locally to catch the game and play pool. The cost of living is also well below the U.S. national average making Green Bay a top candidate in the 10 best available APA markets!
If sun and sand are your thing, this could be the perfect place for you to start an APA franchise. Corpus Christi is the 8th largest city in Texas, the state which boasts the second highest number of APA members in the country. Known for its marine and birdlife, Corpus Christi has the largest stretch of underdeveloped barrier island in the world. It’s also home to one of the best fishing piers on the Gulf Coast and has an average temperature of 65 degrees during the winter. There’s no drop off during the hot Summer Session as people look for recreational activities indoors.
Of the Top 10, Flagstaff might be one of the most unique and beautiful places available to start an APA League. When people think of Arizona, they tend to think of the desert and the Grand Canyon. But Flagstaff enjoys all four seasons, and even receives an average of 108 inches of snow annually. Flagstaff has a population of nearly 140,000 people in just the city alone, increasing 25% in the last decade. Don’t wait too long to claim Flagstaff, the potential for APA Leagues in this market is growing rapidly!
With a population of nearly 300,000 people, St. Paul is the 2nd largest city in Minnesota, behind only its “Twin City” Minneapolis. Combined with Minneapolis and the surrounding metro area, approximately 3.5 million people call the Twin Cities home. Being only 12 miles apart, St. Paul and Minneapolis combine to be one of the busiest professional sports markets in all of North America. Major sports teams include the NFL’s Vikings, NHL’s Wild, MLB’s Twins and the NBA’s Timberwolves. Consistently being voted one of the top cities in America, St. Paul is considered a “city of neighborhoods” with plenty of taverns and bars perfect for hosting APA Leagues!
APA League activity is booming in the Lone Star State! With a metro area of nearly 850,000, El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state and ripe for APA activity. Known as “Sun City”, it averages 30 more days of sunshine than any other major city in Texas. El Paso is also the birthplace of the margarita. With a cost of living well below the U.S. national average, that’s a lot more margaritas to go around! Being ranked one of the safest cities in the U.S. also makes El Paso a fun and safe place to host APA Leagues for the community. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
Halifax is a bit of a hidden gem in Canada’s eastern most province, Nova Scotia. This picturesque city was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the fourth best place to live in Canada in 2012. Halifax has a metro population of over 415,000 people with a cost of living 31% lower than New York. It enjoys four distinct weather seasons and has the most bars per capita of any city in Canada. With the average age being just 39, there’s lots of potential for League play Halifax.
Ever been to Calgary? You might be surprised to learn it’s Canada’s sunniest city. Calgary has the makings of a hot bed for pool for many reasons! The metro population exceeds 1.5 million, which represents the largest increase in population growth among major Canadian cities. The median age is just 36.1 years, also making it the 2nd youngest city in Canada. With a young demographic and a surging population, the potential for success in Calgary is tremendous!