Booksellers

This category was measured with three variables. The variables of Retail Bookstores and Rare/Used Bookstores were determined from the database of yellowpages.com, and were based on the number of listings with city addresses. The third variable was the number of members of the American Booksellers Association, which is a not-for-profit trade association representing independent bookstores. The population used for this category was U.S. Census 2003 Population Estimates. This was because the data from both the yellowpages.com and the independent booksellers association were the most recent available, and the U.S. Census Population Estimate for 2003 was the most recent available. The three variables were as follows:

  1. Number of retail bookstores per 10,000 population
  2. Number of rare and used bookstores per 10,000 population
  3. Number of members of the American Booksellers Association per 10,000 population

Each of these three variables was then given a rank order. In turn, those three rank orders were combined to a single rank order, with one score for each of the 79 cities.



BOOKSELLERS CITY RANK
1 San Francisco, CA 9
2 Cincinnati, OH 5
3 Seattle, WA 2
4 Madison, WI 4
5.5 Minneapolis, MN 1
5.5 Atlanta, GA 14
8 Pittsburgh, PA 3
8 St. Louis, MO 12
8 Louisville, KY 16
10 Scottsdale, AZ 18
11 Portland, OR 8
12 Washington, DC 6
13 St. Paul, MN 15
14.5 Denver, CO 7
14.5 Albuquerque, NM 41
16 Tucson, AZ 31
17 Cleveland, OH 13
18 Las Vegas, NV 48
19 Miami, FL 37
20 Baltimore, MD 24
21 Tulsa, OK 20
22.5 Colorado Springs, CO 19
22.5 Austin, TX 21
24.5 Birmingham, AL 17
24.5 New Orleans, LA 43
26 Sacramento, CA 33
27 Tampa, FL 36
28 Omaha, NE 32
29 Milwaukee, WI 34.5
30 Oakland, CA 57
31 Boston, MA 29
32 Columbus, OH 10
33 San Diego, CA 44
35 Nashville-Davidson, TN 28
35 Buffalo, NY 51
35 Garland, TX 70
37 Wichita, KS 55
38 Lincoln, NE 42
39 Oklahoma City, OK 39
40 Glendale, AZ 61
41 Long Beach, AZ 73
42 Hialeah, FL 78
43.5 Norfolk, VA 23
43.5 Houston, TX 63
45 Kansas City, MO 11
46 Shreveport, LA 50
47.5 Montgomery, AL 38
47.5 Dallas, TX 54
49 Akron, OH 25
51 Charlotte, NC 27
51 Mesa, AZ 65
51 Fresno, CA 71
53 Philadelphia, PA 46
54 Chicago, IL 58
55 Indianapolis, IN 26
56 Fort Worth, TX 56
57 Honolulu CDP, HI 34.5
58 Baton Rouge, LA 30
59 Virginia Beach, VA 48
60 Corpus Christi, TX 77
61 Rochester, NY 22
62 San Antonio, TX 75
63 Toledo, OH 40
64 Anaheim, CA 74
65.5 Fremont, CA 66
65.5 Memphis, TN 67
67 Jacksonville, FL 64
68 New York City, NY 49
69.5 San Jose, CA 62
69.5 Los Angeles, CA 68
71 El Paso, TX 79
72.5 Plano, TX 59
72.5 Phoenix, AZ 60
74 Arlington, TX 72
75 Santa Ana, CA 76
76 Detroit, MI 69
77 Greensboro, NC 53
78 Newark, NJ 52
79 Fort Wayne, IN 45