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In which state is pickleball popular? - PAKLE

In which state is pickleball popular?

To begin with, Pickleball's popularity is attributed to its age-friendliness and accessibility. Unlike other sports, pickleball is relatively easy on the joints and is suitable for players of all ages and skill levels. It is a low-impact sport that can be played indoors or outdoors and with just two or four players.

The best place to play pickleball is wherever you are! Pickleball is popular across all 50 states, but some states have really embraced it, and some boast perfect, sunny playing weather year-round. Here's a list of the top 5 states for pickleball.

Top 5 Pickleball States

NO.5 California

California has countless pickleball courts, from San Diego to San Francisco. Whether in coastal towns or valley cities, it's a premier spot for outdoor sports with its warm climate and stunning scenery. Despite some challenges like valley heat and coastal winds, playing in one of the top pickleball states is worth it! For tournaments, consider the WPT San Diego Open or the USA Pickleball Nationals in beautiful Palm Springs, CA!


NO.4 Texas

Everything's larger in Texas, including pickleball! The state boasts courts in big cities and small towns alike. With Texas' 'kind of' mild winters, you can play nearly year-round. With a whopping 29 million residents, finding partners and tough competition is a breeze. If you're seeking a pickleball spot in Grapevine, Grand Prairie, or San Antonio, swing by Chicken 'N Pickle for a uniquely fun game!


NO.3 Utah

Surprisingly, Utah has become a top spot for pickleball, home to renowned players like Callie Jo Smith, Allyce Jones, and Tyler Loong. With its active lifestyle and stunning landscapes, from the Rocky Mountains to the Wasatch Range, Utah has quickly become one of the best states for pickleball in the US. Don't miss the World Pickleball Tour event in St. George, UT in 2024 if you're looking for some exciting tournament action!


NO.2 Arizona

Arizona is a real hot spot for pickleball, both literally and figuratively! It's known for embracing pickleball early, with courts booming since the 2010s and hosting the first USA Pickleball Nationals in Buckeye, AZ, in November 2009. Since then, Arizona hasn't slowed down, with courts popping up in cities statewide. And, yes, retirement communities play a big role in pickleball's popularity here. If you plan to play in Arizona, schedule your matches before 9 AM or after 7 PM to beat the heat!


NO.1 Florida

Florida is no surprise as the go-to state for pickleball. Naples, in particular, is renowned as a top pickleball destination, boasting numerous courts per capita. As the proud host of the US Open of Pickleball, Naples is just one of Florida's many hotspots for this fast-growing sport. Worried about the heat? No problem—indoor facilities are scattered across the state, providing a cool escape from the humidity. Whether you prefer the courts or the Atlantic Ocean, Florida has you covered. Find competitive games easily with PPA, APP, WPT, or a quick Google search.


Explore our city-exclusive paddles and see if your city is on the list. Find the perfect match for your hometown! So, grab a paddle, find a court, and join in on the fun! 

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