America’s Most Literate Cities

For the second consecutive year, Washington, D.C. , has been ranked as the most literate city in the country, according to an annual statistical survey from Connecticut Central State University in New Britain.

Here is the top 10 for the 2011 survey, according to CCSU, based on data that includes number of bricks and mortar bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation and Internet resources:

1. Washington, D.C. (same as in 2010)

2. Seattle (same as in 2010)

3. Minneapolis (same as in 2010)

4. Atlanta (same as in 2010)

5. Boston (up from No. 12 in 2010)

6. Pittsburgh (down from No. 5 in 2010)

7. Cincinnati (up from No. 11 in 2010)

8. St. Louis (up from No 9.5 in 2010)

9. San Francisco (down from No. 6 in 2010)

10. Denver (down from No. 8 in 2010)

According to the CCSU study, wealthier urban areas are no more likely to be more literate than poorer cities.

For example, the survey indicates that Cleveland is ranked second lowest for median family income data, but based on higher rankings for its library system, newspaper and magazine circulations, it’s ranked 13th most literate in the survey. The survey findings suggest that a city’s quality of literacy has to do with many characteristics beyond  wealth and education levels of the population.

The study results and specifics can be found at the University’s website.

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