Analysis: 31,936 college athletes play softball

California, Pennsylvania and New York are the most popular states for college softball, federal data shows.

Colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs report athletics data to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. The latest data includes more than 2,000 schools reporting participation numbers for 2016.

In the U.S., District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, there are 31,936 college softball players.

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Most popular states for college softball


StatePlayers
1California2,422
2Pennsylvania2,036
3New York1,948
4Texas1,742
5Illinois1,562
6Ohio1,194
7Florida1,122
8Missouri1,014
9Massachusetts977
10Kansas965
11Michigan955
12Georgia869
13North Carolina854
14Alabama850
15Iowa831
16Tennessee830
17Indiana704
18Oklahoma702
19Minnesota692
20New Jersey639
21South Carolina608
22Virginia594
23Mississippi582
24Wisconsin567
25Kentucky549
26Washington468
27Oregon454
28Nebraska442
29Maryland424
30West Virginia385
31Louisiana376
32Arkansas371
33Connecticut352
34Arizona349
35Colorado335
36North Dakota244
37Maine218
38Utah205
39South Dakota191
40Rhode Island181
41New Mexico158
42New Hampshire154
43Puerto Rico130
44Idaho120
45Washington D.C.112
46Vermont110
47Montana104
48Delaware96
49Hawaii82
50Nevada67
51Alaska0
51Wyoming0

Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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