Just in time for the summer reading season, Amazon.com 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, Amazon.com 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.