New study finds Minneapolis and St. Paul among the most literate U.S. cities

Whether they are reading in a park or reading to find an escape from cabin fever – Minnesotans like to read.
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A new study has found that Minneapolis and St. Paul are among the nation's most literate cities in the United States.

According to a survey done by Central Connecticut State University, Washington, D.C. is the nation's most literate city, but both Minneapolis and St. Paul made the top 10.

Minneapolis was third on the list and St. Paul was ninth. Here is the complete top 10:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Seattle
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Atlanta
  5. San Francisco
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Portland
  8. Cincinnati
  9. St. Paul
  10. Boston

The study was conducted by Dr. Jack Miller, the president emeritus of Central Connecticut State. It ranks the reading habits and resources of the nation's 82 largest cities.

"Being literate involves far more than being able to read," said Miller in a statement. "It involves actually reading. Exhibiting literate behavior is what American's Most Literate Cities has assessed for 15 years. Do people in a city support bookstores, do they have an excellent library system, do they read a local newspaper, do they practice online literacy, and so on."

The survey ranks the cities based on research data for indicators like the citizens' use of literacy: booksellers, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, newspaper circulation and periodical publishing resources. The data is then compared against the population rates in each city to develop a per capita profile of the city's literacy.

For a full list of the rankings click here.

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