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Which States Send the Most Olympians to the Winter Games?


Which States Send the Most Olympians to the Winter Games?


Colorado Is Home to 1 in 8, but Vermont Sends More Per Capita

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As we celebrate the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, we take a bird’s-eye view of population statistics of the 31 states U.S. athletes call home.

  • This year, Colorado contributed the largest number (31 out of 244) of winter Olympians, making up 13 percent of the U.S. team.

Not surprisingly, Colorado is the number one state for skiing establishments (40). However, California has the most sports centers, places that can include ice skating rinks, at 3,788.

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  • On a per capita basis, Vermont (at 24 athletes per million population) and Alaska (at 9 athletes per million population) beat out all other states.
  • While states with large populations contributed many Olympians, most come from less populous states. About 7 in 10 athletes come from states with fewer than 10 million residents.

The nine largest states (California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina), which account for more than half of the total U.S. population, contributed only 3 out of 10 Olympians.

  • Colorado’s workforce has one of the largest number of coaches, umpires and professional athletes on a per capita basis— about 2,000 per million population.

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Jennifer Cheeseman Day is a demographer in the Census Bureau's Communications Directorate.

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