Congrats, Virginia. Not only are you the state for lovers, but also the state for people who love to read (or at the very least love to buy books).
For the second straight year, Amazon identified the most well-read cities in America
—based on how much stuff the residents buy from the online retailer—and Alexandria, Va. grabbed the top spot. Arlington, Va., was No. 7.
Amazon determines the rankings by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011. The data is ranked on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
The Huffington Post
noted that cities with more brick and mortar book stores would likely rank lower (or not at all) on this list.
Here are the 20 most well-read cities, according to Amazon sales:
- Cambridge, Mass. (This is also the city that buys the most business and investing books on Amazon.)
- Berkeley, Calif.
- Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Boulder, Colo.
- Arlington, Va.
- Gainesville, Fla.
- Washington, D.C.
- Salt Lake City
- Knoxville, Tenn.
- Orlando, Fla.
- Columbia, S.C.
- Bellevue, Wash.
- St. Louis
- Richmond, Va.
Another study of most-literate cities this year from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) offered a somewhat different view. (This study looked at cities with populations of 250,000 and above.)
Washington, D.C., topped the CCSU list, with Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Boston rounding out the top five. See the top 10 list from CCSU here
Regardless of which city you live in, PR Daily
wants to know what you plan to read this summer. Share your summer reading list with us—whether it's for business or pleasure—on our Facebook page
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Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something to buy on Amazon (or at your local bookstore), PR Daily
has the 10 books every PR pro should read