America’s Most Literate Cities, 2007

This study attempts to capture one critical index of our nation’s social health—the literacy of its major cities (population of 250,000 and above). The study focuses on six important indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and online resources. Because of the number and complexity of the variables, the variety of ways in which the resource data are gathered and presented, and the variability in the timeliness of the data, the ranking is necessarily an interpretation.

Rank City Rank City Rank City
1. Minneapolis, Minn. 24. Virginia Beach, Va. 47. Dallas, Tex.
2. Seattle, Wash. 25. Sacramento, Calif. 47. Jacksonville, Fla.
3. St. Paul, Minn. 26. Charlotte, N.C. 49. Newark, N.J.
4. Denver, Colo. 27. Baltimore, Md. 50. Detroit, Mich.
5. Washington, D.C. 28. New York, N.Y. 51. Plano, Tex.
6. St. Louis, Mo. 29. Indianapolis, Ind. 52. Riverside, Calif.
7. San Francisco, Calif. 30. Colorado Springs, Colo. 53. Los Angeles, Calif.
8. Atlanta, Ga. 31. Louisville, Ky. 54. San Jose, Calif.
9. Pittsburgh, Pa. 31. Philadelphia, Pa. 55. Houston, Tex.
10. Boston, Mass. 33. Tucson, Ariz. 56. Phoenix, Ariz.
11. Cincinnati, Ohio 34. Omaha, Nebr. 57. Santa Ana, Calif.
12. Portland, Ore. 34. Milwaukee, Wis. 58. Fresno, Calif.
13. Cleveland, Ohio 36. San Diego, Calif. 59. Memphis, Tenn.
14. Raleigh, N.C. 37. Toledo, Ohio 60. Long Beach, Calif.
15. Kansas City, Mo. 38. Oklahoma City, Okla. 61. Mesa, Ariz.
16. Tulsa, Okla. 38. Anchorage, Alaska 62. Arlington, Tex.
17. Lexington-Fayette, Ky. 40. Chicago, Ill. 63. San Antonio, Tex.
18. Honolulu, Hawaii 41. Albuquerque, N.M. 64. Bakersfield, Calif.
19. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn. 42. Buffalo, N.Y. 65. Corpus Christi, Tex.
20. Tampa, Fla. 43. Las Vegas, Nev. 66. Aurora, Colo.
21. Columbus, Ohio 44. Wichita, Kans. 67. Anaheim, Calif.
22. Miami, Fla. 45. Fort Worth, Tex. 68. El Paso, Tex.
23. Austin, Tex. 46. Oakland, Calif. 69. Stockton, Calif.
Source: Study conducted by Dr. Jack Miller, President of Central Connecticut State University, 2007. Web: http://www.ccsu.edu/amlc07/ . Used with permission.

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