View Full Version : Top 10 Most Literate U.S. Cities

12-30-2008, 03:39 AM
Once again, Sandusky, Ohio, fails to crack the top 10.

Minneapolis (tied for 1st)
Seattle (tied for 1st)
Washington, D.C.
St. Paul, Minn.
San Francisco
St. Louis
Cincinnati (tied for 10th)
Portland, Ore. (tied for 10th)


12-30-2008, 03:50 AM
It also says Korea, Venezuala and 29 other countries surpass the United states in literacy.


12-30-2008, 03:59 AM
Does that mean I can't read?

12-30-2008, 04:50 AM
Does that mean I can't read?

No, it means you can read... just not very well. :D

12-30-2008, 05:02 AM
Unsurprising to see the Twin Cities up there.

12-30-2008, 06:42 AM
Good thing Boston knows how to read otherwise I would be in some serious trouble.

12-30-2008, 08:26 PM
I haven't visited all those cities, but I've spent a bit of time in seven of them and don't agree with the ranking. I've never, ever seen such a reading city as Boston. Oh, wait, it wasn't reading-est, it was most literate.

I don't believe the criteria used to rank literacy are valid, although I'd be hard-pressed to come up with better. For instance, my reading habits would probably be pretty much below their radar, since I buy nearly all my books used or receive them as gifts from people who don't live here. Do they have my educational level, my husband's, and our kids' logged somewhere for our city, the information current? I don't see how.

Maryn, total pill

12-30-2008, 08:41 PM
I can't believe Newport News didn't make the list. Perhaps that place isn't at all what I imagine it to be....

12-30-2008, 08:48 PM
I can't believe Newport News didn't make the list. Perhaps that place isn't at all what I imagine it to be....
It's where I grew up. All everyone did was read in those days...ah, the good old days.

But you know, most of the cities on that list are dreary, boring, and cold...

12-30-2008, 08:55 PM
It's where I grew up.

Now I know it's not what I imagined it to be! ;)

12-30-2008, 09:01 PM
Myne's not up their. Gess I muss be stoopid.

12-30-2008, 09:09 PM
I always assumed you were either from Limerick Ireland, or perhaps Nantucket.

12-30-2008, 09:14 PM
Yay Portland and Seattle!

Shady Lane
12-30-2008, 10:00 PM
D.C. is actually secret #1. At everything.

Little known fact.

12-30-2008, 11:03 PM
However, when the literacy lens is opened to look at the picture worldwide, in terms of per-capita paid newspaper circulation, the United States ranks No. 31 in the world.

I don't believe paid newspaper circulation is a particularly good criteria for measuring literacy, particularly if the subscription is to any "news" paper with the word "Sun" in the name.

But the US cities stats looked at more than just newspaper circulation:

Minneapolis and Seattle tied for the top ranking this year, based on local newspaper and magazine circulation, library data, online news readership, book purchases and resources, and educational attainment.

I believe taken together, those stats would give an accurate, though not perfect, picture of the overall rate of literacy in a community.

I found this quote in the article to be particularly interesting, though:

Contrary to popular wisdom, Internet use correlates with reading words printed on paper, Miller found. Cities ranked highly for having better-used libraries also have more booksellers; cities with more booksellers also have a higher proportion of people buying books online; and cities with newspapers with high per capita circulation rates also have a high proportion of people reading newspapers online.

Words are words, no matter where you read them, in other words... :)

12-31-2008, 02:30 AM
I are literate.

Alan Yee
01-01-2009, 11:29 AM
Wow. Seattle actually won something. Go Seattle!!!

01-01-2009, 03:56 PM
I live in Cincinnati and if it's ranked among the top 10 most literate, I'd hate to see the rest of the country.

01-01-2009, 05:14 PM
I can't believe Newport News didn't make the list. Perhaps that place isn't at all what I imagine it to be....