States with the Most Famous Female Athletes

States with the Most Famous Female Athletes
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Today begins Women’s History Month. To celebrate, BetMichigan,com – your source for Michigan sports betting – wanted to see which states were loaded with outstanding female athletes.

Based on ESPN and results, we found the search volume of the top 15 female U.S. athletes and ranked their home states based on search volume. Here are the results:

States with Women Sports Legends

RankStatesAthletesSearch Volume% Famous Athletes
1MichiganSerena Williams,Venus Williams569 K13%
2OhioSimone Biles368 K6.6%
3 CaliforniaDiana Taurasi,Alex Morgan,Michelle Akers,Billie Jean King, Lisa Leslie289.6K33%
4WisconsinDanica Patrick90.5K6.6%
5Washington D.C.Katie Ledecky74K6.6%
T-6MassachusettsAly Raisman40.5K6.6%
T-6AlabamaMia Hamm40.5K6.6%
8HawaiiMichelle Wie West33.1K6.6%
9TennesseeWilma Rudolph27/1K6.6%
10IllinoisJackie Joyner Kersee8.1K6.6%


In Michigan, It’s the Williams Sisters

While California has 33% (289.6K) of the most famous American women in sports, Michigan takes the crown with the iconic sisters - Serena and Venus Williams. Their combined search volume is a whopping 569K (13%). The sisters were dominant for so long, it is odd to see them not among the favorites for Grand Slam tournaments at Michigan sports betting apps.

California’s contingent included: Michelle Akers and Alex Morgan (soccer), Billie Jean King (tennis) and Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi (basketball).

Back to Michigan’s finest, the Williams sisters combined for a remarkable 122 singles titles: Serena (73), Venus (49).

Head-to-head they met 31 times with Serena holding a 19-12 edge. While playing in doubles tournaments together, they won 22 titles, highlighted by 14 majors and three Olympic gold medals.

Individually, Serena captured 23 Grand Slam individual titles (seven Australian Open, three French Open, seven Wimbledon and six U.S. Open) and is the only player to complete a career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open).

Venus won two Australian, one French Open, five Wimbledon and two U.S. Open titles.

These days, the top two names in odds for Wimbledon at BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan are Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Iga Swiatek of Poland.

The remaining athletes inside the ranking (all at 6.6%) were:

  • Ohio: gymnast Simone Biles (368K)
  • Wisconsin: race car driver Danica Patrick (90.5K)
  • Washington, D.C.: swimmer Katie Ledecky (74K)
  • Massachusetts: gymnast Aly Raisman (40.5K)
  • Alabama: soccer player Mia Hamm (40.5K)
  • Hawaii: golfer Michelle Wie West (33.1K)
  • Tennessee: track and field star Wilma Rudolph (27.1K)
  • Illinois: track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee (8.1K).

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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