Seattle: America's Most Literate City

High-ranking literate cities safer, better for singles
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 4:38 AM CST
Literacy doesn't insulate cities from hard times, according to CCSU's rankings: the only city in the top 10 with relatively low unemployment was Washington, DC.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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(Newser) – The most literate cities tend to be safer, healthier, and have thriving singles' scenes, according to Central Connecticut State University's annual ranking of American cities. Seattle topped the list again this year, which was cross-indexed with statistics and other surveys for the first time. Washington, DC, came in second, knocking Minneapolis into third place, USA Today reports.

The rest of the top 10, judged on criteria including number of bookstores, newspaper circulation, and library resources:

  • Pittsburgh
  • Atlanta
  • Portland, Ore.
  • St. Paul, Minn.
  • Boston
  • Cincinnati
  • Denver

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