Season 36 Jeopardy! contestants - where they're from

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The main table includes all players who made their first appearance on Jeopardy! in 2019-20. Thus, they don't take into account:

The contestants in the 2020 College Championship are credited in the main table according to their given hometowns, not the location of their schools; a separate table at the bottom lists the school locations.

What's here:

A side-by-side comparison of players by media market data for Seasons 33, 34, and 35.

Both challengers have hailed from the same media market on two occasions this season: September 26, October 9, and March 18 (all Washington, DC).

(Credits: Zap2it & TitanTV for TV schedules for each market; John Coryat (yes, that's actually the last name) for ZIP code maps; ThinkTV for a listing of Canadian market sizes, enabling me to rank them properly with the U.S. markets; and Ads for Carts for the lookup tools I use for both American and Canadian DMAs.)

Market size ranks are updated for 2019-20 (source: Nielsen Media Research).

Updated through Week 32 of Season 36 (2020-04-17), including the separate table for the Tournament of Champions, and a separate table for the College Championship contestants by location of their schools.

Contestants by media market

RankMarketStationPlayersRegularCollege
1New YorkWABC3737
7Washington (Hagerstown)WJLA31292
2Los AngelesKABC24231
6San Francisco-Oakland-San JoseKGO19181
9Boston (Manchester)WBZ1616
3ChicagoWLS13121
4PhiladelphiaWPVI1091
13Seattle-TacomaKOMO88
14DetroitWDIV66
17DenverKDVR651
15Minneapolis-St. PaulKARE541
18Orlando-Daytona Beach-MelbourneWFTV541
29San DiegoKNSD55
36West Palm Beach-Fort PierceWPBF55
Toronto / Hamilton—TOR44
10AtlantaWXIA44
16Miami-Fort LauderdaleWPLG431
Vancouver / Victoria—VAN44
22Portland, ORKATU44
26BaltimoreWBFF44
34Columbus, OHWBNS44
37CincinnatiWXIX44
40AustinKXAN44
23St. LouisKSDK33
27Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville)WTVD33
79Portland-AuburnWMTW33
96Burlington-PlattsburghWPTZ33
5Dallas-Fort WorthKTXA211
30Salt Lake CityKJZZ22
33Hartford & New HavenWTNH22
41JacksonvilleWTLV211
44Birmingham (Anniston & Tuscaloosa)WIAT22
48LouisvilleWLKY22
Ottawa / Gatineau—OTT22
51MemphisWREG22
76Rochester, NYWROC22
112LansingWILX22
19Cleveland-Akron (Canton)WOIO11
21CharlotteWCNC11
24PittsburghWPXI11
25IndianapolisWTHR11
28NashvilleWZTV11
31San AntonioKENS11
35MilwaukeeWDJT11
38Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-AndersonWLOS11
39Las VegasKLAS11
42Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport NewsWVEC11
46Albuquerque-Santa FeKRQE11
Calgary / Lethbridge—CGY11
52BuffaloWIVB11
54Richmond-PetersburgWRIC11
56Providence-New BedfordWPRI11
58TulsaKTUL11
59Albany-Schenectady-TroyWTEN11
60Wilkes Barre-Scranton-HazletonWBRE11
61KnoxvilleWBIR11
62Little Rock-Pine BluffKATV11
65Tucson (Sierra Vista)KGUN11
66HonoluluKGMB11
69Roanoke-LynchburgWDBJ11
70SpokaneKHQ11
75Columbia, SCWOLO11
78Huntsville-Decatur (Florence)WAAY11
84Paducah-Cape Girardeau-HarrisburgWPSD11
85Colorado Springs-PuebloKKTV11
97Myrtle Beach-FlorenceWBTW11
98South Bend-ElkhartWSBT11
109Tallahassee-ThomasvilleWCTV11
111Springfield-HolyokeWWLP11
119MaconWMAZ11
125BakersfieldKBAK11
142LubbockKCBD11
161BinghamtonWIVT11
163MissoulaKPAX11

Contestants by state/province

State / ProvincePlayersRegularCollege
California49482
New York3431
Florida17153
Massachusetts1614
District of Columbia1413
Illinois13111
Virginia13131
Maryland1091
Michigan99
New Jersey98
Ohio99
Pennsylvania991
Washington99
Texas881
Colorado771
Ontario66
Georgia55
Minnesota551
North Carolina55
British Columbia44
Missouri431
Tennessee43
Alabama33
Maine33
New Hampshire33
Oregon33
Connecticut22
Delaware22
Kentucky22
South Carolina22
Utah22
Vermont22
Alberta11
Arizona11
Arkansas111
Hawaii11
Indiana111
Montana11
Nevada11
New Mexico11
Oklahoma11
Rhode Island11
West Virginia11
Wisconsin11

2019 Tournament of Champions

RankMarketStationPlayers
10AtlantaWXIA3
1New YorkWABC1
3ChicagoWLS1
4PhiladelphiaWPVI1
13Seattle-TacomaKOMO1
15Minneapolis-St. PaulKARE1
17DenverKDVR1
18Orlando-Daytona Beach-MelbourneWFTV1
24PittsburghWPXI1
30Salt Lake CityKJZZ1
39Las VegasKLAS1
62Little Rock-Pine BluffKATV1
185Bend, ORKOHD1

Of the fifteen ToC competitors, only Eric R. Backes is billed as being from a different town than his original Jeopardy! appearance (previously Austin, TX).

2020 College Championship by school

RankMarketStationPlayersSchool
2Los AngelesKABC1Southern California
3ChicagoWLS1Northwestern
4PhiladelphiaWPVI1Princeton
15Minneapolis-St. PaulKARE1Minnesota
24PittsburghWPXI1Carnegie Mellon
25IndianapolisWTHR1Indiana
29San DiegoKNSD1UC San Diego
33Hartford & New HavenWTNH1Yale
40AustinKXAN1Texas
51MemphisWREG1Ole Miss
62Little Rock-Pine BluffKATV1Hendrix College
69Roanoke-LynchburgWDBJ1Liberty
106Johnstown-Altoona-State CollegeWATM1Penn State
109Tallahassee-ThomasvilleWCTV1Florida State
156GainesvilleWGFL1Florida

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