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Jack Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, has produced a ranking of America's most literate cities by category. As far as newspaper circulation goes, we're at 52 out of 69, no doubt due to the virtual collapse of the Union-Tribune in recent years even as the city's population has grown ever larger.

As for libraries, we do a little better at 43rd.

And we rank 34 for book sellers.

According to Miller, "This study attempts to capture one critical index of our nation’s social health—the literacy of its major cities (population of 250,000 and above). This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources."

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Anonymous Feb. 2, 2008 @ 2:57 p.m.

The newspaper readership is in California, Arizona and Texas. Hmm. I wonder why? The Northeastern and Midwester states have the highest readership. I'm guessing because they are closer to Canada.

And if people can't read a newspaper, why should be build a library for the same folks? We sell the crap out of tacos though.


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