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Urban Literacy

December 14, 2006

First introduced in 2003, the “America’s Most Literate Cities” study ranks U.S. cities according six criteria: “newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources.” This year’s study was released in the past few days. Here are some of the noteworthy ranks, including the top 10, other Midwestern cities, and my attempts at humor:

1. Seattle, WA (I could’ve predicted this)
2. Minneapolis, MN (shouldn’t this count with #5?)
3. Atlanta, GA
4. Washington, DC
5. St. Paul, MN (if combined with #2, would this make both #1?)
6. Pittsburgh, PA
7. Cincinnati, OH
8. Denver, CO
9. San Francisco, CA
10. Portland, OR
12. St. Louis, MO
17. Kansas City, MO (a surprisingly high rating for my old hometown)
25. Milwaukee, WI
29. Indianapolis, IN
38. Albuquerque, NM
39. Chicago, IL
40. Las Vegas, NV (I included 38 and 40 for effect on my new hometown)
42. New York City, NY (wow, even lower than Vegas!)

The study is headed by Central Connecticut State University’s president, Dr. John W. Miller. – TL

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