State of Disc Golf 2015: Popularity Around the World

We had some fun digging much deeper into the data to do some per capita comparisons and are super intrigued by what we have found. According to the data, Maine has more disc golfers per person than anywhere else in the world! Below is information about how popular disc golf is in each state, and region of the world.

For the images below, we did not make a world map, just a United States map. The shades of the lettering on the actual name of the territory (such as Canada) indicates how popular disc golf is in said area. For exact details, scroll to the bottom of this post; we published the number of responses from every region. Africa, South America, and Antarctica were not options in the poll; they will be included next year.

Where today's disc golfers are (number of respondents/ divided by population).  The more popular areas are shaded darker.

Where today’s disc golfers are (number of respondents/ divided by population). The more popular areas are shaded darker.


Disc golf popularity according to Google Trends. This graph adds validity the previous graph, by comparing search data to where respondents are located.  The graphs look incredibly similar.

Disc golf popularity according to Google Trends.
This graph adds validity the previous graph, by comparing search data to where respondents are located. The graphs look incredibly similar.


The exact data used to generate the first map is published here:

[learn_more caption=”Exact number of respondents by State/Region (click to expand)”]
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In alphabetical order by “region”

[one_fourth]Region


Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

Asia

Australia

California

Canada

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Europe

Europe – Scandinavia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming
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# Respondents


62

21

57

33

4

30

353

151

132

37

15

1

67

133

134

133

7

52

174

107

82

101

67

29

50

40

124

273

148

26

146

11

20

17

36

32

18

101

232

9

157

95

140

139

4

63

25

119

306

80

16

106

132

10

179

2
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Population (in Millions)

4.78

0.71

6.39

2.92

4,427.00

23.30

37.25

35.16

5.03

3.57

0.90

0.60

722.38

20.12

18.80

9.69

1.36

1.57

12.83

6.48

3.05

2.85

4.34

4.53

1.33

5.77

6.55

9.88

5.30

2.97

5.99

0.99

1.83

2.70

1.32

8.79

2.06

19.38

9.54

0.67

11.54

3.75

3.83

12.70

1.05

4.63

0.81

6.35

25.15

2.76

0.63

8.00

6.72

1.85

5.69

0.56

[/one_fourth][one_fourth_last]Respondents per Million

1.297142771

2.956784483

0.891737303

1.131719068

0.0000000009

0.128755365

0.947550376

0.429465301

2.624674004

1.03522652

1.670501395

0.166189426

0.009274846

0.661165242

0.712716295

1.372881543

0.514591991

3.317210838

1.356129612

1.65026631

2.691741442

3.539986779

1.544003999

0.639700426

3.764037035

0.692814406

1.893815303

2.762140264

2.790386365

0.876218323

2.437832353

1.111768065

1.095085748

0.629501165

2.734585672

0.363971631

0.874134789

0.521206876

2.433017814

1.338108895

1.360897547

2.532420986

3.654327742

1.094283205

0.380023314

1.362054965

3.070574075

1.875165948

1.216914588

2.894476434

2.556968458

1.324830422

1.962959548

0.539667155

3.147537202

0.354845234

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[learn_more caption=”Where does your region rank? (click to expand)”]
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Disc Golf Popularity by Region, Worldwide Ranking

[one_third]Rank


1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

51

52

53

54

55

56

N/A

N/A

N/A

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# Respondents


Maine

Oregon

Kansas

Idaho

Wisconsin

South Dakota

Alaska

Utah

Minnesota

Michigan

New Hampshire

Iowa

Colorado

Vermont

Oklahoma

Missouri

North Carolina

Washington

Massachusetts

Tennessee

Delaware

Indiana

Kentucky

Georgia

South Carolina

Ohio

Illinois

North Dakota

Virginia

Alabama

Texas

Arkansas

Montana

Nebraska

Pennsylvania

Connecticut

California

Arizona

Mississippi

New Mexico

Florida

Maryland

Europe – Scandinavia

Louisiana

Nevada

West Virginia

New York

Hawaii

Canada

Rhode Island

New Jersey

Wyoming

District of Columbia

Australia

Europe – Not Scandinavia

Asia

Africa

South America

Antarctica

[/one_third][one_third_last]
Responses Per Million Residents

3.764037035

3.654327742

3.539986779

3.317210838

3.147537202

3.070574075

2.956784483

2.894476434

2.790386365

2.762140264

2.734585672

2.691741442

2.624674004

2.556968458

2.532420986

2.437832353

2.433017814

1.962959548

1.893815303

1.875165948

1.670501395

1.65026631

1.544003999

1.372881543

1.362054965

1.360897547

1.356129612

1.338108895

1.324830422

1.297142771

1.216914588

1.131719068

1.111768065

1.095085748

1.094283205

1.03522652

0.947550376

0.891737303

0.876218323

0.874134789

0.712716295

0.692814406

0.661165242

0.639700426

0.629501165

0.539667155

0.521206876

0.514591991

0.429465301

0.380023314

0.363971631

0.354845234

0.166189426

0.128755365

0.009274846

0.0000000000

N/A

N/A

N/A

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Before you comment:

To understand how Infinite Discs has come to conclusions in this article, please read our State of Disc Golf 2015: Introduction post. After you understand the statistics and methodology of the survey, feel free to post.
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11 comments

  • ehm… Popularity Around the … WHAT?

    I see just USA…

    • You may have to read the article, and expand the information at the bottom of the article.

      • well, Kirk, that is exactly what I did and still saw just the USA. however when IO went through list of US states I lost attention and missed the EU etc at the reallyy end of the “region/rank” list. not sure why it is not in the table of number of respondents, as I know about more than just me just from Czech Republic and I would bet there would be many more from the Europe.. So still more questions than answers..

  • I used to live in NV, and not the good parts like Carson, Reno or Vegas but the empty void. My closest course was almost 130 miles away and nearest 18 was 165 miles. The upside was the Tahoe courses were about 200 miles away and were worth the drive.

  • What countries were counted as a Skandinavia?

  • What I also find interesting is that Maine also has the most or highest Percentage Of pay to play courses.

    • We also most likely have the most number of courses on private land and least on public land. Public courses are just that, free to the public. Private land owners can’t be expected to sink tens of thousands into land and equipment for the fun of it.

      • Really? Private owners don’t allow free play…..so insightful insightful. I find it Interesting that a low population state has so many private/ P2p courses. And such a high percentage of p2p when compared to other states

  • As Maine goes so goes the Nation…..
    Valuable information here.
    Thank you

  • Live in Maine and love that there are tons of courses within driving distance w all kinds of difficulty. Had no idea we sat at the top.