Indians (fans) own Ohio

Brohio is right! - David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Using the New York Times/Facebook fan percentages and multiplying them by each county's population confirms that the Indians are the most popular team in Ohio.

A deeper analysis of the New York Times/Facebook data of fan loyalty by county indicates that there are more Indians fans than Reds backers in Ohio.

First, I downloaded the most recent population data for each county using the American Fact Finder tool at the US Census website. Then, i hovered over each county in Ohio to determine the percentage reported for each county for the four teams with significant fan loyalty in Ohio: the Indians, Reds, Tigers and Pirates. I did not include the Cubs,  Yankees or Red Sox (despite these teams turning up in the top three in several counties). If fewer than three teams are listed for any county, chances are that the teams missing are one (or more) of these three teams. Keep in mind that this also means the data is somewhat incomplete, because data for each team does not exist in every county, so there are blanks.

I then created a simple spreadsheet applying the percentages (the top three were listed for each county) and the Indians topped the Reds, 35% to 27%. The Tigers and Pirates finished far behind at 3% and 2%, respectively. The Indians finished in the top 3 in 78 of 88 counties, compared to 63 of 88 for the Reds (that means there are more blanks on the chart for the Reds than the Indians, which means the margin is probably a little closer than in the results here).

Here are my findings in Excel form: Who Owns Ohio

It is also worth noting that the NYT percentages measure Facebook fans of baseball and not the entire population, so applying these numbers to the population at large is probably not strictly scientific - some areas may have a higher percentage of baseball fans relative to the population at large.

The results are below:

Geography Population
Estimate
2013
Indians Reds Tigers Pirates
% total % total % total % total
Adams County, Ohio 28,105 4% 1,124 76% 21,360 0 0
Allen County, Ohio 105,298 20% 21,060 42% 44,225 7% 7,371 0
Ashland County, Ohio 53,043 65% 34,478 5% 2,652 0 0
Ashtabula County, Ohio 99,811 70% 69,868 0 0 0
Athens County, Ohio 64,681 17% 10,996 39% 25,226 0 0
Auglaize County, Ohio 45,920 15% 6,888 52% 23,878 0 0
Belmont County, Ohio 69,571 21% 14,610 0 0 35% 24,350
Brown County, Ohio 44,264 0 79% 34,969 0 0
Butler County, Ohio 371,272 0 72% 267,316 0 0
Carroll County, Ohio 28,275 54% 15,269 0 0 11% 3,110
Champaign County, Ohio 39,455 10% 3,946 57% 22,489 0 0
Clark County, Ohio 136,167 7% 9,532 57% 77,615 0 0
Clermont County, Ohio 200,218 0 79% 158,172 0 0
Clinton County, Ohio 41,945 0 68% 28,523 0 0
Columbiana County, Ohio 105,893 45% 47,652 0 0 24% 25,414
Coshocton County, Ohio 36,760 46% 16,910 17% 6,249 0 0
Crawford County, Ohio 42,808 56% 23,972 13% 5,565 0 0
Cuyahoga County, Ohio 1,263,154 72% 909,471 0 0 0
Darke County, Ohio 52,376 61% 31,949 0 0 0
Defiance County, Ohio 38,532 14% 5,394 0 22% 8,477 0
Delaware County, Ohio 184,979 28% 51,794 30% 55,494 0 0
Erie County, Ohio 76,048 68% 51,713 0 0 0
Fairfield County, Ohio 148,867 22% 32,751 37% 55,081 0 0
Fayette County, Ohio 28,800 8% 2,304 62% 17,856 0 0
Franklin County, Ohio 1,212,263 26% 315,188 26% 315,188 0 0
Fulton County, Ohio 42,488 10% 4,249 0 53% 22,519 0
Gallia County, Ohio 30,621 0 52% 15,923 0 0
Geauga County, Ohio 93,972 73% 68,600 0 0 0
Greene County, Ohio 163,204 0 61% 99,554 0 0
Guernsey County, Ohio 39,636 37% 14,665 19% 7,531 0 12% 4,756
Hamilton County, Ohio 804,520 0 75% 603,390 0 0
Hancock County, Ohio 75,773 30% 22,732 26% 19,701 16% 12,124 0
Hardin County, Ohio 31,641 26% 8,227 39% 12,340 0 0
Harrison County, Ohio 15,622 31% 4,843 0 0 29% 4,530
Henry County, Ohio 28,092 19% 5,337 12% 3,371 36% 10,113 0
Highland County, Ohio 43,299 4% 1,732 79% 34,206 0 0
Hocking County, Ohio 28,665 18% 5,160 46% 13,186 0 0
Holmes County, Ohio 43,593 62% 27,028 6% 2,616 0 0
Huron County, Ohio 58,889 68% 40,045 0 0 0
Jackson County, Ohio 32,783 7% 2,295 66% 21,637 0 0
Jefferson County, Ohio 67,964 18% 12,234 0 0 44% 29,904
Knox County, Ohio 60,810 39% 23,716 19% 11,554 0 0
Lake County, Ohio 229,857 72% 165,497 0 0 0
Lawrence County, Ohio 61,917 0 58% 35,912 0 0
Licking County, Ohio 168,375 28% 47,145 28% 47,145 0 0
Logan County, Ohio 45,481 16% 7,277 50% 22,741 0 0
Lorain County, Ohio 302,827 72% 218,035 0 0 0
Lucas County, Ohio 436,393 15% 65,459 0 45% 196,377 0
Madison County, Ohio 43,277 16% 6,924 43% 18,609 0 0
Mahoning County, Ohio 233,869 54% 126,289 0 0 15% 35,080
Marion County, Ohio 65,905 34% 22,408 30% 19,772 0 0
Medina County, Ohio 174,915 75% 131,186 0 0 0
Meigs County, Ohio 23,496 14% 3,289 39% 9,163 0 0
Mercer County, Ohio 40,784 9% 3,671 49% 19,984 0 0
Miami County, Ohio 103,439 6% 6,206 62% 64,132 0 0
Monroe County, Ohio 14,585 19% 2,771 15% 2,188 0 28% 4,084
Montgomery County, Ohio 535,846 8% 42,868 57% 305,432 0 0
Morgan County, Ohio 14,904 24% 3,577 32% 4,769 0 0
Morrow County, Ohio 35,033 39% 13,663 23% 8,058 0 0
Muskingum County, Ohio 85,231 29% 24,717 30% 25,569 0 0
Noble County, Ohio 14,628 24% 3,511 25% 3,657 0 14% 2,048
Ottawa County, Ohio 41,153 29% 11,934 0 35% 14,404 0
Paulding County, Ohio 19,254 0 15% 2,888 0 0
Perry County, Ohio 35,997 24% 8,639 35% 12,599 0 0
Pickaway County, Ohio 56,304 18% 10,135 42% 23,648 0 0
Pike County, Ohio 28,367 8% 2,269 69% 19,573 0 0
Portage County, Ohio 163,862 68% 111,426 0 0 4% 6,554
Preble County, Ohio 41,732 6% 2,504 59% 24,622 0 0
Putnam County, Ohio 34,088 23% 7,840 32% 10,908 13% 4,431 0
Richland County, Ohio 121,773 58% 70,628 9% 10,960 0 0
Ross County, Ohio 77,910 12% 9,349 61% 47,525 0 0
Sandusky County, Ohio 60,098 46% 27,645 8% 4,808 19% 11,419 0
Scioto County, Ohio 78,153 6% 4,689 67% 52,363 0 0
Seneca County, Ohio 55,914 48% 26,839 10% 5,591 0 14% 7,828
Shelby County, Ohio 49,192 7% 3,443 62% 30,499 0 0
Stark County, Ohio 375,432 61% 229,014 5% 18,772 0 0
Summit County, Ohio 541,824 67% 363,022 0 0 0
Trumbull County, Ohio 206,442 57% 117,672 0 0 10% 20,644
Tuscarawas County, Ohio 92,672 62% 57,457 7% 6,487 0 0
Union County, Ohio 53,306 27% 14,393 37% 19,723 0 0
Van Wert County, Ohio 28,459 13% 3,700 34% 9,676 0 0
Vinton County, Ohio 13,276 15% 1,991 53% 7,036 0 0
Warren County, Ohio 219,169 0 71% 155,610 0 0
Washington County, Ohio 61,310 22% 13,488 27% 16,554 0 12% 7,357
Wayne County, Ohio 115,071 71% 81,700 0 0 0
Williams County, Ohio 37,500 9% 3,375 0 45% 16,875 0
Wood County, Ohio 129,264 21% 27,145 0 39% 50,413 0
Wyandot County, Ohio 22,447 41% 9,203 22% 4,938 9% 2,020 0
Total 11,570,808 35% 4,031,724 27% 3,078,777 3% 356,542 2% 175,661
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