Last year, Minneapolis was number three on Central Connecticut State University’s list of Most Literate Cities. This year? Number one. That’s right, Minneapolis has been named America’s Most Literate City. Not only that, but with St. Paul coming in at number four, Minnesota is the only state with two cities listed in the top five.
This is the 12th time the survey has been published and Minneapolis interrupted Washington, D.C.’s four-year run as number one.
Rankings are determined by looking at six indicators of how a city’s citizens use literacy, including:
- Educational attainment
- Best sellers
- Library resources
- Periodical publishing resources
- Newspaper circulation
- Internet resources
Then they compare the statistics against population rates in each city to come up with a per capita profile of the city’s literacy.
In case you’re wondering, here are the top 10 most literate cities in the U.S.
2. Washington, D.C.
4. St. Paul, Minn.
8. San Francisco
10. St. Louis, MO