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Not in the top 10

Texas is not in the Top 10 listing of America's Most Literate Cities.

Library Journal quoted from a report issued last week by the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at Central Connecticut State University and Dr. John W. Miller, university president and author.

The list was based on six key indicators of literacy. They are number of bookstores, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, periodical publishing resources and newspaper circulation.

Texas ranks with Arizona and New Mexico in the bottom 25 percent.

Most literate city is Washington, D.C. Seattle is No. 2. Minneapolis is No. 3.

Dr. Miller speculates that it takes a long time to develop a literate population base, and the New England states, which rank highest, have had that kind of time to mature while the states at the bottom of the list are newer.

Might it also have to do with the Hispanic population?

Or might it have something to do with how much the governments in those states value education?


0 #2 David 2014-02-11 20:11
Put a little more thought into this.

Question: Is it cities, or states?

Rural areas, or states with more rural areas would be at a disadvantage. Whereas publishing centers would have an advantage.

Does newspaper circulation take into account online?

States with smaller populations are more easily affected by fewer individuals who read, have higher education, etc.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics.
0 #1 David 2014-02-11 16:18
Austin usually ranks in the top 10 for book purchases per capita. So all is not lost.

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