Most Well-Read Cities in the USA
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Amazon lists the top twenty “most well-read cities” in the USA.
There are a lot of caveats in the claim for me: it’s Amazon’s data, so it might be swayed by the percentage of people who buy books online, versus in a brick-and-mortar store; the cities have to have a population of 100,000; it’s books, magazines, and newspapers…I think many people would just count books…and if newspapers, why not blogs?
That said, I immediately looked for cities in my area.
The only California city in the top twenty is Berkeley. My first thought was that Berkeley has been known for some great physical bookstores in the past (like Moe’s and Cody’s). They also have specialty stores, like Dark Carnival and the Builders Booksource.
However, lots of cities in California have many bookstores.
Another obvious thing about Berkeley is the university…and they may have a significant impact. Amazon doesn’t say they separated out textbooks. Their most well-read city is Cambridge, Massachusetts…home to Harvard and MIT.
Clearly, though, having a big university and many bookstores aren’t the only factors, as looking at the list will show you.
I recommend you check it out and see where your area rates.
I will say the Pacific Northwest and the South are particularly well-represented…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.