Washington, DC is “America’s most literate city” for the third year in a row, according to a study released Thursday.
The report, conducted by Central Connecticut State University president John Miller, ranked 75 of the nation’s largest cities based on data including the number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, Internet access and educational levels. The survey’s definition of reading encompasses online book orders per capita, e-book readers per household and traffic on local newspaper sites.
Washington, DC had the most Internet resources and the highest magazine/periodical circulation among residents. Seattle, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Denver rounded out the overall top five.
Interesting tidbits from the survey:
- Cleveland, Ohio, was No. 14 overall but came in No. 1 for public library resources.
- Boston, despite being the home of numerous top-ranked colleges, is No. 27 in education because of elevated high-school dropout rates.
- Spending on reading materials, both digital and print, has dropped 22 percent since 2000.
- Bad news for California and Texas: the bottom seven cities (Fresno, San Antonio, Anaheim, El Paso, Stockton, Corpus Christi, Bakersfield) all came from the Golden State and the Lone Star State.
Below are the top 15 cities, along with their rankings from the 2011 survey:
1. Washington, DC (same as in 2011)
2. Seattle (same as in 2011)
3. Minneapolis (same as in 2011)
4. Pittsburgh (up from No. 6)
5. Denver (up from No. 10)
6. St. Paul (up from No. 12)
7. Boston (down from No. 5)
8. Atlanta (down from No. 4)
9. St. Louis (down from No. 8)
10. Portland, Ore. (down from No. 11)
11. San Francisco (down from No. 9)
12. Cincinnati (down from No. 7)
13. Kansas City, Mo. (up from No. 14)
14. Cleveland (down from No. 13)
15. Honolulu (up from No. 19) tied with Oakland (down from No. 15)
You can look at the full survey results here.