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November 9, 2006 / TildeWill

Density

Today I was poking around some of the membership stats for the USFA. First of all let me preface this with the overall picture: The current membership of the USFA is just over 21,000. There are more fencers than that in the US, those who choose not to be members for whatever reason, but we’re talking about a small sample.

The numbers are funny though. Indiana has ~250 members. Most other divisions are on par with this when you factor in the size of the area covered, but then you get to New Jersey.

New Jersey has ~1,200 members, nearly 5 times as many as Indiana. So I went to investigate further. The population density is an 6.7 times greater in NJ than IN. What that means is that the same radius from a fencing club includes 6.7 times more people. So the next question is, how many clubs are in each state.

Indiana features 14 clubs. New Jersey has 33. So while the club count is higher, the population density seems to be a better explanation of the difference. So then the question becomes, could I be more successful in another area? It is a question I ask myself every time I go to Chicago. Of course the reality is that my “success” is not defined by money alone, but rather in growing the sport in this specific area, Lafayette.

“New Jersey? That’s a strange state to single out.”, you say. “Not at all.”, I say, “Not at all.”

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