ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Austin suburb that's home of Dell and the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers did not get the three-peat as the best minor league baseball town.
The fourth-annual study conducted by SmartAsset had Nashville edging out Round Rock for the top spot, though SmartAsset noted “Nashville beat Round Rock to the top spot by less than one point on our index.” Round Rock’s game day experience of 81.33 (up from 79.62 in 2016) and quality of life score of 73.66 (down from 75.80) resulted in an index score of 77.49. The study said Nashville’s game day experience score rose six points this year, which was enough to edge out Round Rock.
“According to our data, Round Rock provides one of the best on field experiences in the country. The fans pack the stands with over 8,700 people attending the average Express game,” SmartAsset said about Round Rock.
A total of 159 cities and towns are ranked in the annual survey, measuring each on game day experience and quality of life. Game day experience is measured by average attendance, win percentage and minor league class (Triple-A, Double-A, etc.). Quality of life is determined by a community’s income after housing, unemployment, dining and entertainment establishments, and the violent and property crime rates.
Round Rock was the only Texas city making the top 10 this year. Frisco, which ranked ninth last year, fell to 12th in 2017. El Paso and Midland were added to the top 25 this year, ranked 18th and 21st, respectively. TAP OR CLICK HERE for the full results of the survey.