Libraries

Library Support, Holdings, and Utilization


These four variables were indexed to determine a total score and consequent ranking:

  1. Number of branch libraries per 10,000 library service population
  2. Volumes held in the library per capita of library service population
  3. Number of circulations per capita of library service population
  4. Number of library professional staff per 10,000 library service population
  5. Number of school media personnel per 1,000 public school students
These numbers were then divided by the city population in order to calculate ratios of library services and resources available to the population.

 

LIBRARY CITY FINAL RANK
1 Akron, OH 25
2 Kansas City, MO 11
3 St. Louis, MO 12
4 Pittsburgh, PA 3
5 Columbus, OH 13
6 Toledo, OH 40
7 Rochester, NY 22
8 Cleveland, OH 13
9 Denver, CO 7
10 Seattle, WA 2
11 Cincinnati, OH 13
12 Fort Wayne, IN 45
13 Montgomery, AL 38
14 Boston, MA 29
15 Newark, NJ 52
16 Minneapolis, MN 1
17 Shreveport, LA 50
18 Madison, WI 4
19 Portland, OR 8
20 Scottsdale, AZ 18
21 Norfolk, VA 23
22 Tulsa, OK 20
23 Indianapolis, IN 26
24 Charlotte, NC 27
25 Baton Rouge, LA 30
26 Birmingham, AL 17
27 Washington, DC 6
28 Honolulu CDP, HI 34.5
29 Colorado Springs, CO 19
30 Plano, TX 59
31 St. Paul, MN 15
32 Lincoln, NE 42
33 Fort Worth, TX 56
34 New York City, NY 49
35 San Francisco, CA 9
36 Glendale, AZ 61
37 Baltimore, MD 24
38 Milwaukee, WI 34.5
39 San Jose, CA 62
40 Omaha, NE 32
41 Philadelphia, PA 46
42 Austin, TX 21
43 Nashville-Davidson, TN 28
44 Virginia Beach, VA 48
45 Phoenix, AZ 60
46 Atlanta, GA 14
47 Tucson, AZ 31
48 Detroit, MI 69
49 Oklahoma City, OK 39
50 Wichita, KS 55
51 Oakland, CA 57
52 Jacksonville, FL 64
53 Greensboro, NC 53
54 Tampa, FL 36
55 Las Vegas, NV 47
56 Mesa, AZ 65
57 Memphis, AZ 67
58 Louisville, KY 16
59 Albuquerque, NM 41
60 San Diego, CA 44
61 Garland, TX 70
62 New Orleans, LA 43
63 Dallas, TX 54
64 Long Beach, CA 73
65 Fremont, CA 66
66 Miami, FL 37
67 Houston, TX 63
68 Buffalo, NY 51
69 Fresno, CA 71
70 Corpus Christi, TX 77
71 Chicago, IL 58
72 San Antonio, TX 75
73 Los Angeles, CA 68
74 El Paso, TX 79
75 Arlington, TX 72
76 Sacramento, CA 33
77 Hialeah, FL 78
78 Anaheim, CA 74
79 Santa Ana, CA 76