10 Most Popular US Cities For Pickleball – Where To Play Pickleball


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No matter which way you look at it, pickleball is growing like crazy! Part of what makes this sport so popular is the migration of tennis players to pickleball, and many of those idle courts around the US are being converted over.

There are several ways to rank popularity. You could look at the total number of active players, total places to play (number of pickleball courts), or other metrics, but this list below looks at the court density per capita measured as the total number of courts for every 10,000 residents in the city. While some of these cities were expected since they are known hubs for pickleball, there were a few states that showed up a few times in the top 10 that took me by surprise.

For example, I wouldn’t have guessed the Nebraska or Virginia has so many courts – they are not mentioned often compared to Florida, which some people refer to as the “pickleball capital”.

No matter how you slice the numbers, pickleball is booming. If you are looking for places to play click here: places2play.org

Top US Cities for Pickleball (Court Density by Population)

This list is based on statistics from 2018 gathered by The Trust for Public Land. To see the updated list scroll down to the embedded graph based on the latest survey.

Seattle, Washington

The first city on the list is not a huge surprise for anyone that knows the origins of pickleball as the sport was invented on Bainbridge Island, just off the coast, and connected to Seattle by ferry.  And in the Seattle–Tacoma metropolitan area, including Kent, WA, you’ll also find the home or Pickbleball Inc. and Pickleball Station, one of the many places to play indoor pickleball.

In 2018, Seattle, WA, had the largest number on this list, with 2.6 pickleball courts per 10,000 residents.

St. Paul, Minnesota

MN is known for its snowy winters, so it’s common sense that indoor pickleball is popular here. But if you’ve been to the Twin Cities you know there are a ton of parks, and a LOT of tennis courts and summer is a great time to play here. Just bike around the city lakes, and you’ll see a lot of (mostly empty) tennis courts. Many of those are prime for converting to pickleball.

There has also been a flurry of new courts added in the surrounding suburbs such as Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and Minnetonka. Woodbury Pickleball Club plays at Shawnee Park.

Madison, Wisconsin

Madison Friends of Pickleball has recently grown to be the Capital Area Pickleball Association, to promote the sport in the greater Madison area (Dane County). Garner Park is the home of Madison’s dedicated pickleball courts in addition to a number of tennis courts lined for pickleball throughout the city with over 20 places to play in the Madison area listed.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Pickleball has been written up in the local press and some dubbing nearby Williamsburg, Virginia as “Pickleburg”, the area has seen a huge growth in courts and participation with places2play listing 15 locations in Virginia Beach alone.

Omaha, Nebraska

The City of Omaha Parks and Recreation has a dedicated pickleball page, the local community has an active Facebook page and local tournaments it’s a thriving place to play pickleball.

Lincoln, Nebraska

With the local Cornhusker State Games and State Games of America, Lincoln makes another Nebraska entry on the list.  Check out all the places to play in Nebraska as per the USAPA.

Chesapeake, Virginia

Deep Creek Community Center and the River Crest Community Center are among the places to play in Chesapeake, and the city also organizes the Chesapeake Super Pickleball Challenge Tournament.

Plano, Texas

High Point Park Tennis Center, Bear Creek Park, and Watauga Community Center are listed on yelp as some of the best places to play, and three courts on a newly surfaced gym court Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in nearby Flower Mound, TX offer locals there another opportunity to play indoors.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Can you think of a more beautiful place to hang out in the sun with an ocean breeze and play your favorite sport? Luckily for locals, pickleball is thriving in Honolulu an on the island of O’ahu in general. Heading to the islands for vacation, check out Hawaii-Pickleball-Oahu on Facebook to connect to play with locals and check out the list of places to play in Hawaii here.

Arlington, Virginia

Virginia makes its third appearance on the list showing that the sport has crossed the US from coast to coast, considering its beginnings on the west coast in 1965. Luckily for players in the area, there are plenty of places to play, and within a short trip, there are plenty of other places to play in the state. Virginia is for pickleball-lovers!

Graph of Pickleball Courts/Residents (Updated)

Here’s the embedded graph from for most current data.

Statistic: Cities with the largest number of pickleball courts per 10,000 residents in the United States in 2018 | Statista

8 thoughts on “10 Most Popular US Cities For Pickleball – Where To Play Pickleball”

    • The way this was put together is soooo wrong. For instance Virginia Beach is a literal pickleball desert. Only one place with more than 1 or 2 courts and that place is indoors. I love Virginia Beach but I wouldn’t retire there as there is just no pickleball

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  1. This list is absolutely outrageous!! Having lived in Seattle for 40 years, I can guarantee Seattle is not only NOT the best place to play pickleball, it is THE WORST.

    Let’s take a look at the actual courts that are being counted here. The majority of which were not built for pickleball. A broken down parking lot with a net thrown on should not qualify as a Pickleball Court.

    The only places I could find – and I DID my homework were either Senior living centers’ indoor basketball courts with curtains or one designated court in the back of a tennis pro shop. We drove for hours around the Puget Sound and came up with not ONE real pickleball facility. Not one!

    Seattle is my favorite place for a lot of other reasons, however, pickleball is the last bragging right the city has. The best skyline? Yes, that is true. Not pickleball!!

    This article is obviously thrown together by someone who didn’t actually visit any of these supposed pickleball courts.

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    • Hi Katie, 
      It’s great to see from your response that you’ve obviously very passionate about pickleball!

      Just for clarification, our intention wasn’t to list the “best” cities. 
      We were just sharing results from a study done that listed the pickleball’s growing popularity based on court density per capita (we linked the article and embedded the graph at the end). 
      One of our readers thought was worth sharing but we agree, court density maybe isn’t the greatest metric to use. 

      As a local Seattle pickleball player, we’d love to get your expert advice on places to play so we can share with our readers – although from your response it sounds like they’re really aren’t any decent options? 

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      • Thank you for your reply to my post.

        Yes, I am very passionate about pickleball AND Seattle. My husband and I retired to where we live in a community setting with 24 courts (unfortunately not in Seattle).

        I agree that Seattle ranks as one of the “BEST” cities. It’s amazing how many people, who have never played in the Puget Sound area are misled to believe that Seattle offers great pickleball playing opportunities. This is quite often due to the sports inventor, Bernie McCallum, residing there.

        Travel to the other half of the state and you’ll find great pickleball. In East Wenatchee, you’ll not only find a designated 8 court pickleball complex – you’ll also find some great competition for challenge play. Leavenworth also has a brand new complex of 8 designated pickleball courts.

        Thank you

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  2. I’m quite surprised that AZ wasn’t on that list in the top 10 places. For one thing the weather in Arizona and Florida lends itself to playing outdoors most of the year. Numerous locations to find courts to play for free and quite a few indoor venues too. As of now I believe Florida has the most number of courts outdoors to play the sport.
    Not just seniors engaging in it but a lot of newer and younger players. Some from a tennis or other sports background finding it fun as well as addicting in a very nice way. Cheers!

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