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.
- Seattle, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- Washington, D.C
- San Francisco, California
- Austin, Texas
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Tucson, Arizona
- Denver, Colorado
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- San Diego, California
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Louisville, Kentucky
- San Jose, California
- Houston, Texas
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Chicago, Illinois
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Dallas, Texas
- 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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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.