Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester Rank Among America’s Geekiest Cities


The geeks will inherit the Earth.

Three cities in upstate New York have been named among America’s 100 Geekiest Cities on a new list marking “Embrace Your Geekness Day,” which is July 13. compared the 200 largest US cities in a variety of metrics, such as the number of fan events like Comic-Cons and Renaissance festivals, costume shops (for cosplayers), “geeky hangout groups” ( such as LARP or Live Action Role-Playing), and the number of stores that sell comics, video games, trading cards and board games.

“Whether you’re a gamer, a tech wizard, or just dreaming of intergalactic travel, there are plenty of places you can live out your geek dreams,” the study authors said.

New York City was easily No. 1 on the list, thanks to a slew of dating groups, fan conventions, and stores that indulge in all things superheroes, “Star Wars,” Dungeons & Dragons and associated rates.

Three other Empire State cities were in the top 100: Rochester was No. 45, followed by Buffalo at No. 62 and Syracuse at No. 86. ), Buffalo was 27th for collectibles and Rochester 30th for events; the latter will host Flower City Comic-Con in September, and a number of Syracuse vendors are set to appear at the Sci-Fi Horror Fest next month in Vernon Downs.

Amy Root (Powergirl) and Allison Green (Huntress), both of Buffalo, attend Salt City Comic-Con 2018 held at the Embassy Suites and Destiny USA Hotel in Syracuse on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Alaina Potrikus Beckett | [email protected]

Yonkers was the only other city in New York State to make the list, ranking 184th overall.

According to the study methodology, cities received aggregate scores based on weighted measures for the number of encounter groups; number of stores selling comic books, board games, trading cards and video games; number of costume shops; and the number of events (comic books, revival fairs and fan conventions). The publication used data from,, Meetup, The Renlist and Yelp.


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