Libraries

Library Support, Holdings, and Utilization


These five 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 media specialists per 10,000 students service population

These numbers were then divided by the city population in order to calculate ratios of library services and resources available to the population.

Libraries CITY RANK 2014
1 Cleveland, OH 17
2 Fort Wayne, IN 48
3 Pittsburgh, PA 6
4 Seattle, WA 3
5 Kansas City, MO 14
6 Cincinnati, OH 12
7 Tulsa, OK 24.5
8 Columbus, OH 21
9 Denver, CO 7
10 San Francisco, CA 8
11 Toledo, OH 55
12 Minneapolis, MN 1
13 St. Louis, MO 10
14 Nashville-Davidson, TN 26
15.5 Portland, OR 11
15.5 Indianapolis, IN 37
17 St. Paul, MN 4
18 Lincoln, NE 29.5
19 Boston, MA 9
20 Washington, DC 2
21 Colorado Springs, CO 32
22 Plano, TX 41
23 Virginia Beach, VA 19
24 Oklahoma City, OK 50
25 Honolulu CDP, HI 16
26 Jacksonville, FL 56
27 Baltimore, MD 15
28 Lexington-Fayette, KY 27.5
29.5 New York City, NY 20
29.5 Omaha, NE 24.5
31 Oakland, CA 23
32 Dallas, TX 44
33 Atlanta, GA 5
34 Detroit, MI 47
35 Newark, NJ 37
36 Austin, TX 22
37 Philadelphia, PA 35
38 Louisville-Jefferson Co.,KY 46
39 Milwaukee, WI 42
40 New Orleans, LA 27.5
41 San Diego, CA 31
42 Raleigh, NC 13
43 Tampa, FL 29.5
44 Fresno, CA 71
45 Tucson, AZ 49
46 Wichita, KS 61
47 Memphis, TN 64
48 Anchorage, AK 58
49 Henderson, NV 59
50 Albuquerque, NM 45
51 Fort Worth, TX 53.5
52.5 Chicago, IL 33
52.5 San Jose, CA 39
54 Jersey City, NJ 57
55 Arlington, TX 62
56 Charlotte, NC 51
57 Las Vegas, NV 53.5
58 Long Beach, CA 67
59 Greensboro, NC 40
60 Orlando, FL 18
61 Buffalo, NY 34
62 San Antonio, TX 70
63 Miami, FL 43
64 El Paso, TX 75
65 Phoenix, AZ 65
66 Riverside, CA 66
67 Mesa, AZ 68
68 Los Angeles, CA 63
69 Anaheim, CA 72
70 Houston, TX 60
71 Corpus Christi, TX 76
72 Bakersfield, CA 77
73 Sacramento, CA 37
74 Chula Vista, CA 74
75 Stockton, CA 73
76 Aurora, CO 69
77 Santa Ana, CA 52