Amazon Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in America

Posted by at 10:30 am on May 26, 2011

Here some fun facts from the folks over at  This morning they announced thier list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. After compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:

1. Cambridge, Mass. 11. Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Alexandria, Va. 12. Orlando, Fla.
3. Berkeley, Calif. 13. Pittsburgh
4. Ann Arbor, Mich. 14. Washington, D.C.
5. Boulder, Colo. 15. Bellevue, Wash.
6. Miami 16. Columbia, S.C.
7. Salt Lake City 17. St. Louis, Mo.
8. Gainesville, Fla. 18. Cincinnati
9. Seattle 19. Portland, Ore.
10. Arlington, Va. 20. Atlanta

In Taking a Closer Look, Amazon Also Found

  • Not only do they like to read, but they like to know the facts: Cambridge, Mass.–home to the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology–also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books.
  • Boulder, Colo., lives up to its reputation as a healthy city by topping the list of cities that order the most books in the Cooking, Food & Wine category.
  • Alexandria, Va., residents must be reading a lot of bedtime stories – they topped the list of the city that orders the most children’s books.
  • Summer reading weather all year long? Florida was the state with the most cities in the Top 20, with Miami, Gainesville and Orlando making the list.

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