Who’s reading where

Seattle is the readingest city; Stockton, California is the least likely to crack a book. So says the America’s Most Literate Cities study, which ranks cities of 200,000-plus population based on newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources. The Stockton Record writes:

STOCKTON – You might be the only person reading this story. Or anything else, for that matter.

For the second year in a row, Stockton ranks last in a study of literacy in the nation’s largest 70 cities.

California and Texas cities with lots of non-English-speaking immigrants dominate the bottom of the list.

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  1. wayne martin says:

    This study seems to put disproportionate weight on print media. For instance, American newspapers are undergoing significant pressure from investors to evolve. Readership has been declining for decades. However, readership has steadily increased from people accessing those newspapers WEB-sites. Same with the emergence of e-Books and virtual libraries. There is little reason to go to a library any more, for access to many materials. Unless such studies look at the use of the Internet in a way that provides appropriate weighting to its use, the results will not accurately portray who’s reading what.