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Grand Forks named country's top hockey town

Ralph Engelstad Arena. Herald file photo.

Grand Forks has been ranked as the top hockey town in the country, according to SmartAsset.com.

This is the fifth year in a row Grand Forks has topped the website's rankings.

The site says UND fans are "as dedicated as ever," filling about 98 percent of the seats in Ralph Engelstad Arena for the average game. This translates to more than 20 percent of the population of Grand Forks.

"It's no surprise fans enjoy going to the games. The Ralph Engelstad Arena, which is where the Fighting Hawks play, is a state-of-the-art facility that some have called the 'Taj Mahal of hockey,'" the website said in a press release.

SmartAsset pulled data for 115 cities and towns that had a hockey team in either the National Hockey League, the NCAA Division I men's hockey league, the ECHL or the American Hockey League. They were then ranked on a number of metrics, including fan intensity and quality of life.

The fan intensity score took into account the average game attendance as a percentage of stadium capacity and other metrics related to fan attendance.

Quality of life scores included data about the city, including median household income, unemployment rate, housing costs and property crime, among others.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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