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Hey, look at this post from Neatorama!

The Most Well-Read Cities in the U.S.

Which cities in the United States have the most bookworms? Amazon has just announced a list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America:

After compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:

  1. Cambridge, Mass.
  2. Alexandria, Va.
  3. Berkeley, Calif.
  4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  5. Boulder, Colo.
  6. Miami
  7. Salt Lake City
  8. Gainesville, Fla.
  9. Seattle
  10. Arlington, Va.
  11. Knoxville, Tenn.
  12. Orlando, Fla.
  13. Pittsburgh
  14. Washington, D.C.
  15. Bellevue, Wash.
  16. Columbia, S.C.
  17. St. Louis, Mo.
  18. Cincinnati
  19. Portland, Ore.
  20. Atlanta

A few more nifty details:

  • Cambridge, Mass., ordered the most nonfiction books
  • Boulder, Colo., ordered the most books in the Cooking, Food & Wine category
  • Alexandria, Va., residents ordered the most children's books
  • Miami, Gainesville, and Orlando topped the list of buying the most books from the Summer reading list

Is your city listed?

That's pretty cool!!   Notice that most of the cities listed are college towns.  And also, Los Angeles and NYC are not listed...it could be because we, as a people, are not readers, but we DO have a million colleges, so I would think that that would boost the numbers.  However, I do know that L.A. and NYC have the two largest library systems in the nation, so maybe that's why?  I have no idea...but it's all very interesting! :-)

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