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Super Bowl XLVIII (No. 48, for those who don’t read Roman numerals) will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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This will be the first time the Super Bowl has been held in the New York City metropolitan area, as well as being the first Super Bowl played outdoors in the northern U.S.

And fine weather it will no doubt be, judging by how things have gone so far this winter.

To commemorate the madness, the Census Bureau put together some information on the host city, as well as the cities represented by the two finalists — the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

21 - Out of 47 Super Bowls, the team whose city had the smaller population won the game 21 times. In the past 14 years, the city with the smaller population has won 10 times (71.4 percent). Why is that? Read on…

1995 - Year that the NFL instituted the salary cap, which was intended to allow smaller market teams to be more competitive with large market teams. The team with the larger population had won the last 13 Super Bowls prior to the salary cap, and 19 of the first 28 Super Bowls (67.9 percent) before the 1995 season.

270 - How many more people lived in Seattle than Denver on July 1, 2012, making Seattle 0.04 percent larger than Denver. Of course, a few people may have moved since then…

23rd - Where Denver ranked on the list of the nation’s most populous cities. The estimated population of Denver on July 1, 2012, was 634,265.

$50,488 - Median household income for Denver. The national median was $51,371. 

$251,200 - Median home value of owner-occupied homes in Denver. The national median was $171,900.

22nd - Where Seattle ranked on the list of the nation’s most populous cities. The estimated population of Seattle on July 1, 2012, was 634,535.

$64,473 - Median household income for Seattle. The national median was $51,371.

$415,800 - Median home value of owner-occupied homes in Seattle.

1st - Where New York City ranked on the list of the nation’s most populous cities. The estimated population of New York City on July 1, 2012, was 8,336,697.

$23 million - Estimated cost to taxpayers in New Jersey and New York from added security and other factors that go into hosting the Super Bowl, according to the International Business Times.

$50 million - Conservative estimate of the economic impact to New York and New Jersey from hosting the Super Bowl. The NFL, which has been accused of inflating the economic impact of the big game, puts the number at 10 times that ­--­ again, according to the International Business Times.

15 - Number of wins by both the Seahawks and Broncos this season.

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