May 28, 2022

A New List from The Most Well-Read Cities in America

From an Amazon Announcement:

Just in time for the summer reading season, announced its list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. After compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:

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

In taking a closer look at the data, also found that:

  • Not only do they like to read, but they like to know the facts: Cambridge, Mass.–home to the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology–also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books.
  • Boulder, Colo., lives up to its reputation as a healthy city by topping the list of cities that order the most books in the Cooking, Food & Wine category.
  • Alexandria, Va., residents must be reading a lot of bedtime stories – they topped the list of the city that orders the most children’s books.
  • Summer reading weather all year long? Florida was the state with the most cities in the Top 20, with Miami, Gainesville and Orlando making the list.
About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.