December 24, 2008

Minneapolis top literate city, survey says

Residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., are well-read, judging by the Twin Cities' top-five showings in the America's Most Literate Cities survey.

Minneapolis led the list of most literate cities in the 2008 version of the survey conducted by Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Sandwiched between Minneapolis and Minnesota's capital city were Seattle and Washington, the university said on its Web site.

Rounding out the top 10 literate cites were San Francisco, Atlanta, Denver, Boston, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Portland, Ore.

The study ranks cities of at least 250,000 based on six indicators of literacy -- newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and Internet resources, the university said.

John W. Miller, Central Connecticut State University president, is the author of the study.