Since 2003, Jack Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, has conducted research tagging the most literate cities in the United States. The criteria includes local newspaper and magazine circulation, library data, online news readership, book purchases and resources, and educational attainment.
Not surprising was the number one spot taken by Seattle (actually tied with Minneapolis) since it has lingered around the top since the study started. Nor is Boston's presence particularly noteworthy. What may be of more interest are the cities nowhere to be found: New York, Raleigh-Durham, Dallas, or Chicago.
Nonetheless, the biggest eye-popper--especially for those who think we southerners operate a pint short of mimbo/bimbo--is the crown jewel of Southern Culture, Atlanta, Georgia. In fact, Atlanta has been in the top five most literate cities since at least 2005.
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