If you want a lot of live-music options, Las Vegas may be calling your name. According to statistics provided by secondary ticket search service SeatGeek, the state with the most concerts for the state’s population is Nevada. Washington D.C. is second and Missouri is third.
The company has ranked states by what it calls concert density, or the number of concerts per capita in a given state. SeatGeek uses its secondary ticket data calculate the number of concerts being held in a state.
Other states that have high seat densities include New York, Colorado, Massachusetts, Washington State and New Jersey. Among the states with the lowest concert densities are Alaska, Hawaii, Alabama, North Carolina, California, Nebraska and West Virginia.
These seat density ratings show that entertainment options are not uniform throughout the country. Some of the difference could be related to income. States in the Northeast, which are some of the more affluent in the country, have higher seat densities than states in the South, which are among the least affluent in the country as measured by household and per capita incomes.
The ratings also suggest that not all of consumers’ live music entertainment is enjoyed in or around their hometown. Nevada most likely ranks no. 1 in concert density because Las Vegas is a prime vacation destination with numerous entertainment options. Washington D.C. is a different type of destination: Not only is it relatively affluent, it draws in people from Virginia, Maryland and other nearby states. Missouri also draws tourists to Branson, a family-oriented destination with many music performances to choose from.
SeatGeek is a two-year-old company that searches for tickets listed on the secondary market and forecasts their future prices. It was incubated at Philadelphia-based Dreamit Ventures and has received funding from Founders Fund, NYC Seed and Ashton Kutcher’s A Grade Investments.