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Posted at 1:04 PM ET, 01/10/2011

D.C. is most literate city

By Washington Post editors

D.C. residents rank as the nation's most well-read, according to the America's Most Literate Cities study. But the news is not all good.

The decline in newspaper readership and book purchasing are major cause for concern, said the author of the report, Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller.

These trends raise real concerns about Americans’ literate behaviors, the report states.

The study, which ranks the largest cities with population 250,000 and above, focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and Internet resources.

The top 10 Most Literate Cities:

  1. D.C.

  2. Seattle

  3. Minneapolis

  4. Atlanta

  5. Pittsburgh

  6. San Francisco

  7. St. Paul

  8. Denver

  9. Portland, Oregon

  10. St. Louis

By Washington Post editors  | January 10, 2011; 1:04 PM ET
Categories:  DC  
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So help me understand something, Detroit, which was just ranked the most functionally illiterate city in America, is still more literate than Houston & Los Angeles? I am a little disappointed that The Post has bothered to post such a low-brow, superficial article; I am more disappointed in myself for bothering to read it.

Posted by: werne209 | January 10, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I think that Tucson, Arizona should trump DC as of today.

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 10, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Interesting, no cities in the Northeast including Boston or New York.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul included!
Pittsburgh but not Philadelphia.
Large university towns like Austin, South Bend and Ann Arbor? Who bankrolled this study the NFL?

Posted by: menopausequeen | January 10, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

DC the nation's most literate city? You'd never guess that from many of the "reader" comments posted on this site!

Posted by: nan_lynn | January 10, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought DC was the city of thugs and animals and welfare bums. I guess they can read too. Perception is a mutha isnt it?

Posted by: ged0386 | January 10, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Key indicator of a weak article: Quoting a study from a University that no one in the most literate city in America has ever heard of...

Posted by: SpeakEasy3 | January 10, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

LOL; you guys are so funny. I think, some people drink liquor or smoke weed before making comments on the Post's blog.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | January 11, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

A bold headline followed by an insufficient article. It's based on a vague study that doesn't take into account other crucial literacy-related factors - on-time high school graduation rate in DC schools, unemployment rates, health and wellbeing of DC residents as related to health literacy, etc.

Do you think the study takes into account the fact that we may have exceptionally high newspaper circulation rates in part, perhaps, because we have people outside every metro stop in the morning handing out free copies of The Express and The Washington Examiner?

The results of this study serve only to undermine crucial literacy issues many residents of the District face, particularly those fighting poverty. Let's not forget how many of our residents are entirely ignored in this report.

Posted by: tennisab | January 11, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example of how someone can twist any dataset to say what they want.

The District is home to a school age population of which ~20% are highschool dropouts. The Distrist has, by every metric available, the worst schools in the entire nation, yet we are the most literate?

Posted by: Nosh1 | January 11, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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