10 Most Literate US Cities Minneapolis is No. 1 in new survey By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Apr 10, 2015 11:14 AM CDT Updated Apr 12, 2015 10:32 AM CDT 68 comments Comments Minneapolis ranks No. 1 in literacy. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (Newser) – An annual ranking of the most literate cities in the US has a new champion: Minneapolis. It bumped Washington, DC, which has reigned supreme for the last four years, to No. 2. The survey by Central Connecticut State University factors in data from bookstores, online and physical libraries, newspaper circulations, and elsewhere to compile its 77-city list, explains USA Today. The top 10 for 2014: Minneapolis Washington, DC Seattle St. Paul, Minn. Atlanta Pittsburgh Denver San Francisco Boston St. Louis, Missouri Click to see the full list.