For hockey fans in Boston and Chicago, this might be one of the more memorable NHL Stanley Cup Finals ever. These are two of the more storied franchises in the National Hockey League, and arguably, two of the more fired-up hockey towns in the United States.
After starting out the year with an unbelievable 24-straight-game winning streak, the Blackhawks enter as the top-seeded team in the league. Meanwhile, Boston just swept Pittsburgh, which, behind Chicago, had the second-best record in the league this year.
So, let’s take a peek to see which city has the overall advantage from a hockey fan’s point of view. We wanted to take into account the team’s successes this year, as well as what a hockey fan’s experience would be this week.
On the Ice Comparisons: Chicago Wins
We broke down the on-ice comparison into two sections: All-time wins and current season wins. It was a close call. So close, in fact, that there wasn’t a winner. Remember, you can tie in hockey.
- Stanley Cup Wins: Boston has six Stanley Cup trophies in the team’s coffers. By comparison, Chicago has a mere four trophies to call its own.
- All-Time Wins: When it comes to a head-to-head competition, Chicago has the lead. The Bruins have an all-time record of 261-235 against Boston. The teams have tied 79 times.
With five criteria to go, Chicago and Boston are tied at 1-1 goals each.
Let’s see what the cities are like outside the rink.
Off the Ice Comparisons
Step away from the zamboni and things skew quickly. While the ‘Hawks might be a better team on the ice, the Bruin fans have more in the brains department and their wallets.
- Education: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 80.2 percent of Chicago residents have at least a high school degree. By comparison 84.2 percent of Bostonians have at least a high school degree.
- Unemployment: Jobs in the Windy City are more difficult to come by. Chicago has a staggering 10.4 percent unemployment rate. The home of the Bruins, on the other hand, has an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent.
What type of fan would you rather saddle up next to at the bar during a tense overtime thriller? How about a smart Bostonian willing to buy a round.
That’s another two goals for Boston.
Bars and Crime: Mass. Fans Are Actually Outnumbered
Boston fans get a bad rap for being pretentious and a little unruly at times. What are the options for fans who want to go out and watch the game at their local brew pub? As sports fans know, watching your team at a packed bar is camaraderie at its best.
- Bars: According to Yelp, there are almost three times as many bars of any type in Chicago than there are in Boston.
- Crime: While having a few brews in Chicago is nice, fans might want to be careful while they stumble home. According to City-Data.com, which gives a “crime index” for major cities in America, Chi-Town is a bit more dangerous.
So, what’s the verdict? There are a lot more options for watching a hockey games in Chicago, but your chances of an angry fan socking you in the mouth in the alley are higher, too.
How Did they stack up? Tied 1-1.
Housing: Bruin Fans Are More Likely Homeowners
Since we’re a real estate company, we factored in housing. According to our data, it’s more expensive to purchase a home in Boston than in Chicago. The median list price per square foot for a home in Boston is $441. In Chicago this figure is significantly lower–$150 per square foot.
The verdict is that a hockey fan in Chicago has a better chance of owning a home in which he or she can build the perfect hockey cave. This means the Blackhawks took the goal.
Bruin Fans Beat Blackhawk Fans (In This Survey, At Least)
Taking everything into consideration, Boston beats Chicago 4-3. Take that, Blackhawk nation! Now if only the actual Stanley Cup was as easy to predict as this survey, we’d win a lot more office bets.