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 St. Louis, MO 15
2 Cleveland, OH 18
3 Kansas City, MO 14
4 Denver, CO 6
5 Columbus, OH 12
6 Minneapolis, MN 2
7.5 Cincinnati, OH 9.5
7.5 Seattle, WA 1
9 Toledo, OH 26
10 Pittsburgh, PA 8
11 Nashville, TN 17
12 Indianapolis, IN 23
13 St. Paul, MN 9.5
14 Tulsa, OK 24.5
15.5 San Francisco, CA 5
15.5 Washington, DC 3
17 Newark, NJ 37
18 Boston, MA 7
19 Portland, OR 11
20 Lexington, KY 27.5
21 Honolulu, HI 35
22 Charlotte, NC 20
24 Virginia Beach, VA 41
24 Colorado Springs, CO 19
24 Atlanta, GA 4
26 New York, NY 32.5
27 Oklahoma City, OK 19
28 Philadelphia, PA 32.5
29 Baltimore, MD 21
30.5 Fort Worth, TX 44.5
30.5 Louisville, KY 40
33 Wichita, KS 49
33 Austin, TX 16
33 Omaha, NE 31
35 Raleigh, NC 13
36.5 Milwaukee, WI 29
36.5 Mesa AZ 52
38 Jacksonville, FL 50
39 Tuscon, AZ 34
40 San Diego, CA 39
41 Oakland, CA 30
42 Phoenix, AZ 54
43 Albuquerque, NM 36
44 Anchorage, AK 43
45 Detroit, MI 56
46 Memphis, TN 58.5
47 Tampa, FL 24.5
48 Las Vegas, NV 44.5
49 San Jose, CA 51
50 Fresno, CA 63
51 Miami, FL 27.5
52 Dallas, TX 48
53.5 Buffalo, NY 47
53.5 New Orleans, LA 42
55 Chicago, IL 46
56 Long Beach, CA 61
57 Houston, TX 53
58 Aurora, CO 55
59 Riverside, CA 58.5
60 Bakersfield, CA 65
61 Sacramento, CA 22
62 San Antonio, TX 64
63 El Paso, TX 68
64 Arlington, TX 57
65 Corpus Christi, TX 67
66 Anaheim, CA 66
67 Stockton, CA 69
68 Los Angeles, CA 60
69 Santa Ana, CA 62
70 Aurora, CO 67