Washington, DC is the most literate US city: survey

Washington, DC was the most literate city in the United States in 2011, according to an annual statistical survey released on Thursday, USA Today reported.

For the second year in a row, DC took the number one spot. Seattle, Minneapolis, and Atlanta followed in the next three spots, also keeping with the same ranking from 2010, according to the study by Central Connecticut University President Jack Miller. Boston, which was number 12 in 2010, finished in the top five. 

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Miller based his numbers on data from bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, ebook sales, and internet resources, USA Today reported.

"I learned that wealthier cites are no more likely to rank highly in literacy than poorer cities,” Miller said, the Los Angeles Times reported. Miller also used the annual study to study the relationship between wealth and literacy, using income data from the US census.

Miller noted that Cleveland ranked the second lowest for median family income data but only ranked 13th most literate in the country, according to the survey, USA Today reported. But at the same time, Anchorage, Alaska is fifth in median family income and hit the 61 mark in literacy.

The top 10 was rounded out by Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Francisco and Denver. New York City didn’t make the top 10, tying with Austin, Texas at the 22 spot. Los Angeles fell to the 59th spot.

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