Minneapolis 3rd most literate city; St. Paul slipping back into stone age

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St. Paul: Lots of colleges, but declining literacy.
Instead of creating a new food and beverage tax to help fund a Vikings stadium, perhaps the Ramsey County Board should invest in libraries.

The annual Central Connecticut State University literacy study ranked Minneapolis as the third-most literate city in the country in 2011, behind only Washington, D.C. and Seattle.

St. Paul? Things are apparently going to hell in a handbasket on that side of the river, as for the first time since 2005 the capital city fell out of the top ten, all the way down to 12th overall.

CCSU determines the rankings based on six indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and internet resources.

The study found that there is little correlation between the wealth of a city and its literacy level. Dr. Jack Miller, author of the study, said that "if cities are truly committed to literacy, they can find a way past poverty and other socio-cultural challenges to create and sustain rich resources for reading." For example, not-rich cities like Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and St. Louis ranked in the top ten.

Minneapolis rated as the most literate city in 2007 and has been in the top three every year the study has been conducted. Meanwhile, if current trends continue, St. Paul residents will soon communicate via a system of grunts and shrieks.

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Deal_With_It
Deal_With_It

Funny... The majority of Minneapolis' populace that ranks the city at the top 3 are from Saint Paul (including other parts of the state). Because really, good colleges and decent businesses is what attracts the higher learners that way in the first place. So, I guess it would be needless to say the education came before the city. Either way, I just wanted to say... You're welcome Minneapolis. Lets not forget who helped put you in that ranking. . . .

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And yet 13% of Minneapolis' adult population OVER THE AGE OF 25, has NO high school diploma.  See this it the classic portrayal of "Liberalism vs. Liberalism"See when you compare Democrat/Liberal voting strong holds against other Democrat/Liberal voting strong holds (big cities) Minneapolis does poll better.  Compare Minneapolis to a Republican/Conservative voting strong holds like an affluent suburb or rural town; Minneapolis get smeared (based on literacy).And when you compare Minneapolis to the biggest of the Democrat/Liberal controlled empires like Detroit (run by Democrats for 40+ years), well liberalism has shown it's very effective at dumbing down a society.

Find the data here - htt p: // quickfacts. census. gov /qfd/states/27/2743000. html(take out the spaces in the link) 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Minneapolis does have a higher rate of "Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+  =  43.6%"Go figure, Minneapolis appears to be less educated than average, while also being more educated than average...

pizza
pizza

The elitist fart-sniffer tone of the article is what makes people from outside Mpls stay away. Living in Uptown makes me want to move back to St Paul more every day.

Jodihiland
Jodihiland

And yet the disparity in education between white and non-white school kids is higher in Mpls. than any major city in America...

Johnny
Johnny

I'd rather have the functional grunts and shrieks from Saint Paul than the snot-nosed douche-hipster glares that pass for communication in Minneapolis........

Ryan Watson
Ryan Watson

The chart says St. Paul is 12th not 13th. 

atrupar
atrupar

Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed.

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