Alexandria, Virginia tops Amazon's list of best-read cities

Alexandria, Virginia ends up on a lot of “best” lists — best place to live, best city for women, best place to start over — and now its residents get to add another feather to their well-plumed hats. Amazon compiled demographic data based on print and digital sales of books, magazines, and newspapers per capita and came up with a list of the 20 best-read cities. Of course, this list may be more indicative of Kindle-friendliest cities, but it’s interesting nevertheless:

1.        Alexandria, Va.
2.        Cambridge, Mass.
3.        Berkeley, Calif.
4.        Ann Arbor, Mich.
5.        Boulder, Colo.
6.        Miami
7.        Arlington, Va.
8.        Gainesville, Fla.
9.        Washington, D.C.
10.        Salt Lake City
11.        Pittsburgh
12.        Knoxville, Tenn.
13.        Seattle
14.        Orlando, Fla.
15.        Columbia, S.C.
16.        Bellevue, Wash.
17.        Cincinnati
18.        St. Louis
19.        Atlanta
20.        Richmond, Va.

In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon also found that:

·        Berkeley, Calif. is a city full of jet-setters – it topped the list by ordering the most Travel books.

·        Boulder, Colo. keeps the closest eye on its waistline by topping the list of cities that order the most books in the Health, Fitness & Dieting category.

·        Virginia is for lovers – Alexandria, Va. that is, which tops the charts in the Romance book category.

·        Cambridge, Mass. grows the most budding entrepreneurs. These locals topped the list for ordering the most books in the Business & Investing category.

Where does your city rank? Are you surprised your hometown was left off? Where’s New York City?


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