According to a recent study, Washington DC has been named the United States' Most Literate City.
For thirteen years, Jack Miller, President Emeritus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, has been studying literacy data to rank the country's most literate cities.
Two years ago, Minneapolis unseated the District of Columbia for the #1 spot in the study. But for the fifth time in the last six surveys, Washington DC once again holds the title of the United States' Most Literate City.
“Being literate involves far more than being able to read,” Miller said in a press release. “It involves actually reading."
For that reason, Miller measures literacy levels using a number of variables, including the number of local bookstores in a city, the population's educational levels, the extent of Internet and library resources, and local newspaper circulation totals.
Here are the results of this year's Most Literate City rankings
1. Washington, DC 2. Seattle, Washington 3. Minneapolis, Minnesota 4. Atlanta, Georgia 5. San Francisco, California 6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7. Portland, Oregon 8. Cincinnati, Ohio 9. St. Paul, Minnesota 10. Boston, Massachusetts 11. Denver, Colorado
12. St. Louis, Missouri 13. Raleigh, North Carolina 14. Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 15. Durham, North Carolina 16. Kansas City, Missouri 17. Austin, Texas 18. Honolulu, Hawaii 19. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 20. Colorado Springs, Colorado 21. Cleveland, Ohio 22. Chicago, Illinois 23. Columbus, Ohio 24. Lincoln, Nebraska 25.5 New Orleans, Louisiana 25.5. Tulsa, Oklahoma 27. Orlando, Florida 28. New York, New York 29. Indianapolis, Indiana 30. Oakland, California 31. Baltimore, Maryland 32. San Diego, California 33.5. Omaha, Nebraska 33.5 Plano, Texas 35. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 36. Irvine, California 37. St. Petersburg, Florida 38. Greensboro, North Carolina 39. Sacramento, California 40. Louisville-Jefferson Co., Kentucky 41. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 42. Dallas, Texas 43. Virginia Beach, Virginia 44. Charlotte, North Carolina 45.5. Albuquerque, New Mexico 45.5. Buffalo, New York 47. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 48. Newark, New Jersey 49. Fort Wayne, Indiana 50. Miami, Florida 51. Tampa, Florida 52. San Jose, California 53. Tucson, Arizona 54. Anchorage, Alaska 55. Jacksonville, Florida 56. Toledo, Ohio 57. Detroit, Michigan 58. Las Vegas, Nevada 59. Santa Ana, California 60. Jersey City, New Jersey 61. Wichita, Kansas 62. Aurora, Colorado 63. Chandler, Arizona 64. Fort Worth, Texas 65. Phoenix, Arizona 66.5. Arlington, Texas 66.5. Memphis, Tennessee 68. Los Angeles, California 69. Riverside, California 70. Houston, Texas 71. Henderson, Nevada 72. Long Beach, California 73. Mesa, Arizona 74. Chula Vista, California 75. Fresno, California 76. San Antonio, Texas 77. Corpus Christi, Texas 78. Anaheim, California 79. Stockton, California 80. El Paso, Texas 81. Bakersfield, California 82. Laredo, Texas