Amazon’s Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities


Amazon has just released its Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. Could your city be one of them? Are you well-read enough to make the cut? The ranking is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 500,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of all books, magazines, and newspapers in both Kindle and print format from April 2015 to April 2016. While I live outside of Chicago now, I am proud to see it make the list and that the city is fairly well-read. Check out the full list below and see if you’re city is well-read.

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Washington, D.C
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada
  7. Tucson, Arizona
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  10. San Diego, California
  11. Baltimore, Maryland
  12. Charlotte, North Carolina
  13. Louisville, Kentucky
  14. San Jose, California
  15. Houston, Texas
  16. Nashville, Tennessee
  17. Chicago, Illinois
  18. Indianapolis, Indiana
  19. Dallas, Texas
  20. San Antonio, Texas

Amazon took a closer look at the data and uncovered some interesting trends across the cities, revealing that:

  • Seattle, Wash., the home of Amazon’s headquarters, kept its title as the Most Well-Read City for the second year in a row with the most purchases of all books, magazines and newspapers in both Kindle and print formats.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was the top-selling Kindle and print title in five of the top 10 cities: Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; San Diego, Calif.
  • Readers in four of the top 10 cities cleaned up their act this year, with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing as the most sold print title in Seattle, Wash.; San Francisco, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.
  • In Austin, Texas, reading and cooking go hand in hand, with Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto among the top-selling Kindle and print titles.
  • California is for bookworms, with three cities making the top 20 list for the second year in a row: San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose.
  • Denver, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., San Diego, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M. all channeled their inner child this year, with adult coloring books being among the top-selling print titles in each of the cities.
  • What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, with Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey Series) as the top-selling Kindle title in Las Vegas, Nev.

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