Survey: Minneapolis the Most Literate US City

Researchers looked at 69 major metropolitan areas
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2007 6:25 AM CST
Minneapolis is the most literate large city in the country, according to a new survey.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – New York may be the US city with the most literary pretensions, but the nation's most literate city it's not, a new survey finds. Minneapolis takes the honors as most literate large metropolitan area in a Central Connecticut State University survey reported in LiveScience. The nine runners-up are, in order: Seattle, St. Paul, Denver, Washington, DC, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Boston.

The survey of 69 US cities with populations of 250,000 or more considered six factors: newspaper circulation, the number of bookstores per capita, library resources, periodical publishing resources, the percent who have high school and college degrees, and Internet resources. New York City, meanwhile, home to some of the world's biggest publishing houses and most influential newspapers, ranked 28th.