Super Bowl Rivals Almost Exactly Equal in Size (Population Wise)

Whether Super Bowl XLVIII will be a close game remains to be seen. What is known is that Seattle and Denver are two pretty evenly matched cities, population wise.

As it’s prone to do for special events, the U.S. Census Bureau has issued its latest “Profile America Facts for Features” series, this one ahead of the big game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos in the NFL’s title game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Seattle and Denver have population totals within 270 people of each other as of July 2012, the bureau says. That means Seattle has just 0.04 percent more residents than Denver. The two are ranked 22nd and 23rd nationally.

The Broncos are listed by odds-makers as 2 1/2-point favorites to win the first Super Bowl played in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather city.

Some of the bureau’s other stats:

  • Out of 47 Super Bowls, the team whose city had the smaller population won the game 21 times. In the most recent 14 years, the city with the smaller population has won 10 times (71.4 percent).
  • Median household income for Denver is $50,488, just below the national median of $51,371. In Seattle, it’s $64,473.
  • The non-game-day population is 8,978 in East Rutherford.
  •  Percentage of residents 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2012 is 44.7 in Denver, 57.7 in Seattle.

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