Mpls again named third most literate city, St. Paul takes seventh

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Payton Chung
Minneapolis's downtown library.
Next time you're strolling through Magers & Quinn or Micawber's, remind yourself that you're in one of the most literate cities in the country -- whether you're in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

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The annual America's Most Literate Cities study is out, and in 2013, the Twin Cities held on to two spots in the top 10. Minneapolis is third for the fifth year running, and St. Paul dropped one spot from last year, to seventh.

To come up with the results, study author Jack Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, looked at six key metrics in cities with populations above 250,000: number of bookstores, level of education, newspaper circulation, online resources, libraries, and periodical publishing.

Minneapolis's run in slot three is actually a drop. From 2003, when the study started, to 2008, Minneapolis and Seattle traded off first and second place. In 2008, they tied, and in 2009, Minneapolis dropped to third. We've stayed there since.

St. Paul, meanwhile, dropped out of the top 10 in 2011, but returned in 2012 in sixth place.

The study breaks the overall ranking down by categories, which reveal more insights into how we read. Minneapolis scores second in the newspapers column, fourth for booksellers, and in our lowest showing, 27.5 for internet resources.

St. Paul, meanwhile, comes in first in the country for booksellers. The city's lowest category is internet resources, where it's tied with Minneapolis at, yes, 27.5.

Here's the overall top 10 for 2013, which is filled with the candidates you'd expect:
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Seattle
3. Minneapolis
4. Atlanta and Pittsburgh (tie)
6. Denver
7. St. Paul
8. Boston
9. St. Louis
10. San Francisco
Other notable cities: Portland comes in 10th, New York is 16th, Austin tied for 21st, Chicago 28th, and L.A. 64th. Bakersfield, California, comes in last, at spot 77.

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kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

I also noticed they did not take into account that Mpls-St. Paul cant graduate half of the kids that start high school.    So why take into account the number of Book stores?   Oh answer: You can't show good graduation rates so lets just say we have books stores. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Key Metric-Over 250K.   So that about gets rid of any mid-sized city which would comprise far more people collectively.  Most midsized cities are going to have a far more highly educated populace, less crime and poverty.  Also, Newspaper circulation?  What a joke!  Any area with more Print newspaper circulation as a metric for literacy would mean you have a more uninformed/misinformed populace.    Newspapers are for classic Low-Information and Liberal voters who's news arrives on their doorstep  already 1.5 days old.

Kyle Brummond
Kyle Brummond

Yay, Minneapolis wins again over Saint Paul!

Paige Smith
Paige Smith

Probably because all of the homeless people hang out at the library..... hahaha! #truefacts

Lois Patterson
Lois Patterson

Every metric used in the calculation is suspect, but I do think Minneapolis is highly literate compared to many cities.

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Maybe St Paul should plow its streets so people can get to the library.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Ha, I am guessing by your spelling you are being sarcastic?

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Literate does not equal sophisticated. Just look at authors, How many famous authors were notorious drunks? Hemingway? Many great American Authors were all very unsophisticated. Or how about classic books like "on the road." Or Ken Keasy saying that if it wasn't for LSD he never would have been able to write one flew over the cookoo's nest? HIs words. Yeah literate definitely does not mean classy. some of the least classy gentleman in history have been the best authors of all time.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Ha, ya right! And Minneapolis’ HS graduation rate says what?

_Joe_
_Joe_

You wouldn't guess that from reading the comments here.

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Because we sit inside and read for 9 months out of the year

Vicki Miller
Vicki Miller

How do the "cities" w/in the state rank?

Bartow Kilgo Jr.
Bartow Kilgo Jr.

Funny just last week there was an article stating St. Paul is more sophisticated of the two cities, yet MPLS is 3rd most literate.... Also leads me to believe that the article from last week was total BS as it was trying to call St. Paul the most romantic city in America

PF Wilson
PF Wilson

Weer just as smart hear in Cincynati! Twin City ileetists

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