This morning, when I checked my Twitter @replies, I saw that my friend, the cereal loving DJ Heat, had tweeted she was reading my debut novel GUESTLIST.  Of course I was happy that she was reading my novel, but I wasn’t surprised. After all, DJ Heat lives in America’s Most Literate City.

Washington, D.C., has been named America’s most literate city for the second year in a row by Central Connecticut State University. The distinction is made thanks to an ongoing study, one which began in 2003:

Drawing from a variety of available data resources, the America’s Most Literate Cities study ranks the 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.

The list of America’s top ten most literate cities are below.

Top Ten Most Literate Cities in America

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

As for my tiny hamlet of New York City—we ranked a WTF-worthy 22nd. Don’t be too disappointed, New Yorkers. We actually moved up a few notches this year.

What about the rest of you? What do you think of the rankings? Is your city anywhere to be found in the top ten? LMK your thoughts in the comments below.



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