Washington DC Ranked 2nd Most Literate City US?

Washington DC Edged Out By Seatle As “Literacy Town USA”

Congrats Washington DC. And congrats to Dr. Jack Miller who is responsible for a relatively thorough study. I normally argue that the metrics used to measure “city rankings”, are rushed and rife with confounding factors. And this list isn’t a total exception. But Dr. Miller, President Central Connecticut State University, uses “intelligent” parameters to reach his consensus.

Greater Bethesda Maryland Was Left…So Was Madison WI

Well…to be fair, Bethesda is officially “town”…and Bethesda’s population disqualified them anyway (city had to had a population of at least 250,000. But I would’ve loved to have seen us in the mix. Another notable left out of the study was Madison Wisconsin — precluded because of a population just $25,000 short of the minimum $250,000 threshold.

“How” Washington, DC Delivered

Literacy rankings were based of of 6 principal metrics:

  • Bookstores (per 10,000 population)
  • Education Level
  • Internet Resources
  • Library Support, Holdings, and Utilization
  • Newspaper Circulation?Periodical Publishers

>> variables explained in depth

More critque to come — but until then, any thoughts on rankings below?

The 20 “Most Literate” Cities Per Study

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Minneapolis, MN
  4. Pittsburgh, PA
  5. Atlanta, GA
  6. Portland, OR
  7. St. Paul, MN
  8. Boston, MA
  9. Cincinnati, OH
  10. Denver, CO