Saturday, December 27, 2008

Is Your City Literate?

I came across this ranking of the most literate of the big cities in the United States and was sad to see that the major cities near me did not make the list, though my hometown of St. Louis most certainly did! (yay for St. Louis!)

The top ten are:

Minneapolis and Seattle (tie)

3. Washington, D.C.

4. St. Paul

5. San Francisco

6. Atlanta

7. Denver

8. Boston

9. St. Louis

10. Cincinnati and Portland, Ore. (tie)

Read the article to see how they ranked. What do you think? I think it's interesting that in cities with a high number of bookstores, online book buying is also high. I also think I need to move to one of these cities. Southern California....what's up?!?



Amy

17 comments:

Alea said...

Wow both Minneapolis and St. Paul!

Letters On Pages said...

Hurray for Cincinnati!!!! We are the 10th greatest!!

Deborah said...

yay DC! i hope they mean the whole DC metro area.

Sally said...

This was quite interesting and not too surprising. Again I say YEAH St Louis! What an awesome place! Southern CA has too many distractions.

Florinda said...

Thanks for linking to that article - I'll check out the details. I posted something about the 2007 list at the beginning of this year; sadly, not surprised that Southern California's still not looking too good :-(.

stacey @ bookthirty said...

If you want to move to one of these cities, I vote for PORTLAND!!!! Oh, I do miss my city! (relocated to Houston metro, which - NO big surprise - did not make the list!)

Bookish Reader said...

I live in the suburbs of Denver. Good to see it on the list, although bookstores are struggling with the economy and shipping costs. Hard to believe that Portland is not on the list.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

Yay, Boston made the list!

Interesting article, Amy. I wonder what they mean by "internet resources"? Do you suppose it's how many subscribers there are, or availability of "free" internet access (at libraries and schools, for example).

Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said...

Well, I'm not from St. Louis, but hubby is, so I've spent a good deal of time there. Honestly, I'm pretty surprised to see it on the list. And how is Chicago not on there? I don't get it. Minnesota makes me wonder if there's a correlation between reading/literacy and cold weather/being stuck in-doors.

Colin Matthew (TheBookPirate.com) said...

This makes me proud to be a Portlandian.

Ali said...

Ditto what the Book Pirate said. Actually I'm surprised we don't rank higher than 10--we are, after all, the home of the City of Books! Looks like we're in good company on that list, though. :-)

Amy said...

Rebecca--you kill me! Surprised to see St. Louis on the list? I can say from what I've observed Missouri education is a million times better than California. So maybe that has something to do with it? I also wondered about the cold weather...Atlanta being the only southern city on the list.

Dawn--I have no idea!

Joy said...

Hoorah for my two literate cities: St. Louis, my hometown and D.C. my current adopted home.

Vasilly said...

I know! I live in Southern California and it surprises me that nearby cities like LA aren't on the list. I'm no surprise the city I live in, Long Beach is not. The city just got rid of a used bookstore that's been around for more than 50 years to make way for condos. =(

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Oooohh....I'm tied with Minneapolis for first place. Wow. I'm surprised Portland, OR didn't make the list. Powell's Bookstore is legendary!

Jennifer said...

Brilliant I hail from the number one city. :)

Serena said...

what an interesting article, though I find it hard to believe that Washington, D.C. is #3. That's a tough one to swallow

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