There was an article posted on USA Today’s website yesterday about the America’s Most Literate Cities report for 2004, which according to its own site “finds a statistical answer for 79 cities, drawing on numerous data resources to measure the public’s propensity for reading. The information is compiled from U.S. census data, newspaper circulation rates, magazine publishing, educational attainment levels, library resources, and booksellers.”
What’s interesting to me, personally, is that New York, America’s home of the publishing industry, is #49 on the list. Ouch. And more pertinent to my own living space – not a single city in the state of CT even appears on the list. I guess I’ll have to console myself with Boston coming in at #8…. or consider moving to Minneapolis (though lots of publishing people seem to make their escape from Manhattan to Seattle, also the home of many writers of my acquaintance, so maybe that would work too).