The overall rankings were determined by the rankings of each city in each of the six subcategories: bookstores, educational attainment, internet resources, library resources, newspaper circulation, and periodical publication. To see how the cities ranked in the subcategories, click on the link "Rank by Category" in the left navigation bar.

 

2010 Rank City 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
1 Washington, DC 2 3 5 3.5 3
2 Seattle, WA 1 1.5 2 1 1
3 Minneapolis, MN 3 1.5 1 2 2
4 Atlanta, GA 5 6 8 3.5 4
5 Pittsburgh, PA 4 12 9 6 8
6 San Francisco, CA 12 5 7 9 5
7 St. Paul, MN 7 4 3 5 9.5
8 Denver, CO 10 7 4 8 6
9.5 Portland, OR 6 10.5 12 10 11
9.5 St. Louis, MO 11 9 6 12 15
11 Cincinnati, OH 9 10.5 11 7 9.5
12 Boston, MA 8 8 10 11 7
13 Raleigh, NC 19 14 14 13 13
14 Cleveland, OH 13 13 13 14 18
15 New Orleans, LA 17 -- -- -- 42
16 Columbus, OH 22 15 21 15 12
17 Kansas City, MO 14 18 15 17 14
18 Baltimore, MD 26 16 27 24 21
19 Tampa, FL 20.5 29 20 21 24.5
20 Lincoln, NE 23 -- -- -- --
21 Austin, TX 16 17 23 16 16
22 Nashville-Davidson, TN 18 19.5 19 18 17
23 Lexington-Fayette, KY 15 19.5 17 30 27.5
24 Tulsa, OK 20.5 21 16 19.5 24.5
25 Colorado Springs, CO 24 26 30 33.5 19
26 New York City, NY 29 24 28 42 32.5
27 Honolulu CDP, HI 28 22 18 22 35
28 Chicago, IL 30 34 40 39 46
29.5 Miami, FL 33.5 33 22 23 27.5
29.5 Milwaukee, WI 31 36 34.5 25 29
31.5 Charlotte, NC 27 31 26 19.5 20
31.5 Philadelphia, PA 32 28 31.5 33.5 32.5
33 Tucson, AZ 45 32 33 36 34
34 Indianapolis, IN 25 37 29 29 23
35 Virginia Beach, VA 44 27 24 27 41
36 Oklahoma City, OK 38 43 38.5 43 38
37 Oakland, CA 35 23 46 35 30
38.5 Greensboro, NC 36 -- -- -- --
38.5 San Diego, CA 33.5 25 36 26 39
40 Louisville-Jefferson Co., KY 40 38.5 31.5 37 40
41 Buffalo, NY 41.5 42 42 44 47
42 Omaha, NE 37 40 34.5 31 31
43 Albuquerque, NM 39 35 41 38 36
44 Dallas, TX 48 38.5 47.5 49 48
45 Sacramento, CA 41.5 30 25 28 22
46 Fort Wayne, IN 43 44 -- -- --
47 Toledo, OH 47 48 37 32 26
48 Wichita, KS 46 49 44 48 49
49 Jacksonville, FL 55 50 47.5 45.5 44.5
50.5 Fort Worth, TX 52 45 45 45.5 44.5
50.5 San Jose, CA 56 46 54 50 51
52 Las Vegas, NV 50 41 43 40 44.5
53 Anchorage, AK 49 47 38.5 47 43
54 Plano, TX 53.5 55 51 53 --
55 Memphis, TN 53.5 58 59 54 58.5
56 Detroit, MI 51 51 50 52 56
57 Newark, NJ 57 52 49 51 37
58 Phoenix, AZ 59 57 56 59 54
59 Riverside, CA 58 53 52 56 58.5
60 Houston, TX 60 54 55 55 53
61 Los Angeles, CA 62 56 53 57 60
62 San Antonio, TX 61 64 62 63 64
63 Henderson, NV 64 -- -- -- --
64 Fresno, CA 65.5 59 58 60 63
65 Mesa, AZ 68 61 61 58 52
66 Glendale, AZ 65.5 65 -- -- --
67 Santa Ana, CA 67 62 57 61 62
68 Long Beach, CA 63 60 60 63 61
69.5 Corpus Christi, TX 74 69 65 68 67
69.5 El Paso, TX 75 71 68 69 68
71 Arlington, TX 70.5 63 62 64.5 57
72 Anaheim, CA 69 67 67 64.5 66
73 Bakersfield, CA 73 68 64 66 65
74 Aurora, CO 70.5 66 66 67 55
75 Stockton, CA 72 70 69 70 69