Top 10 most well-read cities in America

Published: Friday, May 27 2011 5:20 p.m. MDT

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Mchenry, IL

It's the cities that purchased the most reading materials. Doesn't mean they are the most read. All items may not get read that are purchased. There are other sources of reading, libraries. These are often college towns on the list which means ordering lots for classes.

St. George, Utah

this article has a lot of holes and is of no face value at all its all speculative the least to make the statement this article make it would be nice to see the actual satistics to back it up

Santa Monica, CA

Although I'm proud of Salt Lake for making this list, I don't think Hop on Pop and Twilight books should count.

Weston Jurney
West Jordan, UT

Naturally, the listing of the top ten literate cities had to include ten pictures.

South Jordan, UT

Why else would you order/buy a book if you weren't going to read it?

S Ahiwlsa
Salt Lake City, UT

Funny, bgl. However, I get most of my reading material from the library system and it is the heavy-hitters that often have consistently double-digit hold lists such as "The Emporer of All Maladies" does now. I'm often surprised at the number of copies the Salt Lake County system orders to meet the demand for a particular book. Sure there are the Harry Potter and Twilight series that garner huge numbers, but there are a lot of folks reading a wide variety of research, history and other "serious" topics.

Leesburg, VA



Otherwise, not surprised.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

bgl misses the point entirely. Child books and teen books get children into a habit of reading--a habit they are unlikely to break.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

You don't think this survey was done by liberal Ivy Leaguers do you? I think they conclude that if you voted for Obama you must be really, really smart. Or, maybe it was done based on New York Times subscriptions.

Venice, California

Many of these cities contain top-notch research and teaching colleges and universities, so, not only can one infer that many students and professors buy and read the more literate and intellectual of books, but also that many of the books bought are read; one tends to use what one has to pay for. Also, smart, intelligent people like to hang out with those that they can have an intellectually-diverse and -stimulating discussion with, and for those that have hanged out in some of these cities, one can get a good idea of the general populous: that these cities are more educated and pro-education, which translates down to its schools' and parents' commitment to promoting better/greater literacy.

I believe this survey is a pretty good amateur but accurate indicator of the reading level and depth of its cities constituents.

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT


I don't understand. Why don't you want them to include your orders in the count?

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