America’s Most Literate Cities: Minneapolis #1, Saint Paul #2

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The America’s Most Literate Cities study ranks the 69 largest cities (population 250,000 and above) in the United States. This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and Internet resources.

Moving up from 2006’s study at #2 and #5, this year Minneapolis and St. Paul ranked #1 and #3 respectively.

The Top Ten

  1. Minneapolis, MN
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. St. Paul, MN
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Washington, DC
  6. St. Louis, MO
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Boston, MA

As a Minnesota transplant of 5 years now, I must say I’ve been surprisingly impressed at the library resources across the metro, shop at various local bookstores at least monthly, know countless college grads and make it part of my job to advocate for the robust Internet community in the Twin Cities.

Self-congratulation aside…as a measure of “literacy,” how effective is measuring newspaper circulation in the year 2007? I wonder how much weight Star Tribune and Pioneer Press print subscriptions were given. I don’t subscribe to a print newspaper yet consider myself quite literate.

Were literate folks in Pittsburgh and Boston penalized in the rankings for not having enough old people subscribing to the paper in those markets?

Some words for thought.

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    That’s a great point about newspaper circulation. Especially considering the unrest we’re currently experiencing.


  2. kay (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    Pittsburgh may have a shortage of a lot of things, but having grown up there, I can ASSURE you it does not have a lack of old people.



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