Washington DC is U.S.’s Most Literate City… Again

I am proud to say that for the second year in a row, my hometown (and current town) of Washington, DC is rated as the most literate city in the U.S.  The ratings are based on data that includes number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation and Internet resources.

I am glad to see that the closing of chain bookstores hasn’t had a negative effect here, and I credit Politics and Prose for helping to nurture and maintain this book-focused community.

Here are the other cities in the top ten: 2. Seattle;  3. Minneapolis; 4. Atlanta; 5. Boston; 6. Pittsburgh; 7. Cincinnati; 8. St. Louis; 9. San Francisco; and 10. Denver.

Did your city make the list?


  • January 25, 2012 - 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Yes! #10! Ahead of the normal heavy hitters like NYC, LA and Chicago. Wait, who are we kidding – the only thing people read in LA are screenplays and plastic surgery bills!

  • January 26, 2012 - 6:43 am | Permalink

    This is awesome — I’m so proud of D.C. — and surprisingly, Cincinnati, where I grew up. Funny that New York is not on this list. I loved the comment by Zadge about plastic surgery bills. In D.C. we read a different kind of bill, but we are still a town dominated by a “business.”

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