Amazon’s Best Read Cities

Just because you live in a big city does not mean you read. That’s what I gathered anyway from Amazon’s list of best-read cities. Topping this year’s list? Alexandria, Virginia. Here’s the list of the top 20 via Entertainment Weekly.

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

Now that’s not to say there aren’t big cities on the list. Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta are there. But neither New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, nor Dallas make the list. So what’s the deal?

Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but many of these cities are big college towns. I definitely think that plays a factor in this year’s list. What do you guys think?


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3 responses to “Amazon’s Best Read Cities

  1. I love that Alexandria is first because it’s pretty random. It just proves you can read anywhere – as you should! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The stats seem to be from Amazon sales, not necessarily reading in general.

  3. Yeah, it’s too bad it’s only the Amazon sales figures… it makes me wonder if some of the bigger cities aren’t on there because people have more access to independent bookstores or are more aware of shady Amazon sales practices and avoid them for that reason. Represent for Berkeley though, woo!

    I once saw another survey (although I just googled it and it was from 2003–dang) that showed that San Francsicans spent more money on books and alcohol than people from any other city. That made me pretty proud.

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