Columbus on America's Most Literate Cities List

by Maureen McCabe on December 29, 2007

Columbus skyline as a postcardColumbus is number 21 on the list of America’s most literate cities… behind Cleveland (number 13, congratulations Cleveland!) and Cincinnati (number 11, congratulations Cincinnati!) ?




The Top Ten Cities in the US according to the study are:


Minneapolis, MN
Seattle, WA
St. Paul, MN
Denver, CO
Washington, DC
St. Louis, MO
San Francisco, CA
Atlanta, GA
Pittsburgh, PA
Boston, MA


The list is from Central Connecticut State University says:

“This study attempts to capture one critical index of our nation’s social health—the literacy of its major cities (population of 250,000 and above). This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources.”

Link to page 2 of the list where Columbus is listed….

Congratulations to all the cities on the list…

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1 Dave December 29, 2007 at 08:00 pm

Chicago has always struck me as one of the most literate cities in the US. The site ties together a great deal of the local writers. Truly amazing writing all over that site. It’s amazing. I wonder if periodical publishing skews things because of CAS. They publish hundreds of periodical titles. Don’t mean to knock ourselves but I’ve never seen a community like Chicago. Can’t believe it’s not in the top ten. Have to read the study.

2 Maureen McCabe December 30, 2007 at 03:39 am

You’d have to argue that with the people who did the ranking, there’s a link to the methodology.

I get Gapers Block’s newsletter each week. I wish I could say I read it… I often don’t have time.

Chicago is between 31 and 50, on the third page of ranking. Thanks for the comment

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