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13 Cities and Small Towns with the Highest Percentage of Professional Athletes per Total Population

You would expect towns like Dallas, Miami and New York City to claim the highest percentage of professional athletes, but it might surprise you to know that many small cities and towns actually have a higher per capita rating than the home town of the home teams in the US.

To prove the point, here are 13 small cities and towns with amazing numbers. While there are dozens of professional sports — tennis, golf, hockey — we used stats from the NFL and NBA/ABA to highlight 13 small cities and towns that have a knack for producing talented athletes.

1. Tyler, TX 1:2691

With a population just under 100,000, Tyler certainly has its share of notables in the NFL. Running back Earl Campbell, center Randy Grimes and QB Gil Johnson who was drafted in 1948 by the Eagles.

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