The Most Well-Read Cities in America
A few weeks ago, Amazon released their second annual list of the top 20 well-read cities.
According to Amazon, “The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.”
Sadly, my beloved Nashville didn’t make the top 20, though my hometown of Atlanta came in at 19.
The list is comprised of a lot of college towns–Cambridge, Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Boulder…even Knoxville. Who knew Tennessee fans could read?
Here’s the top 20:
- Alexandria, Virginia
- Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Berkeley, California
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Boulder, Colorado
- Miami, Florida
- Arlington, Virginia
- Gainesville, Florida
- Washington, D.C.
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Seattle, Washington
- Orlando, Florida
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Bellevue, Washington
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Richmond, Virginia
Amazon also pointed out a few other interesting notes:
- Berkeley, Calif., is a city full of jet-setters – it topped the list by ordering the most Travel books.
- Boulder, Colo., keeps the closest eye on its waistline by topping the list of cities that order the most books in the Health, Fitness & Dieting category.
- Virginia is for lovers – Alexandria, Va., that is, which tops the charts in the Romance book category.
- Cambridge, Mass., grows the most budding entrepreneurs. These locals topped the list for ordering the most books in the Business & Investing category.
Did your city make the list? Any surprises? And who might top a list of most well-read cities in the world?
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