Looks 'Like' We're a 49ers Nation! Facebook Map Shows NFL Fan Allegiances

Leading up to the Super Bowl, the 49ers fanbase is reaching across the country.


If this map is accuarte, there's not one single Raven's fan anywhere around here, Montville!

A new map created by Facebook's Data Science team shows the 49ers fanbase is as wide as the country, stretching from coast to coast. 

The analysis of 35 million Facebook users who have 'liked' a National Football League team fan page paints a colorful picture of allegiances, hometown favorites and rivalries in the NFL.

The graphics, done down to a county level, seen to show not one Ravens' fan anywhere for miles! 

Deadspin.com calls it "the most accurate NFL fandom map ever created" and draws some interesting conclusions.

The graphics, done by Data Science team intern Sean J. Taylor, also show how allegiances changed as teams were eliminated during the playoffs—right down to this weekend's 49ers vs. Ravens Super Bowl match-up.

Baltimore's fanbase appears strongest in the Mid-Atlantic and South, whereas San Francisco has supporters all the way to the banks of the Mississippi and in the Northeast.

Taylor's analysis even shows the top five fan-friendship teams. San Francisco fans, for example, are most likely to have friends who back Oakland, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Diego and New England.


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