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The 20 Most Literate Cities in America, 2017

Washington D.C. has been named the “Most Literate City” in the United States, according to the most recent study conducted by Central Connecticut State University. It is followed by Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and San Francisco.

Rounding out the top ten were Pittsburgh, Portland, Cincinnati, St. Paul (Minnesota), and Boston.

The study, which ranks the reading habits and resources of the America’s 82 largest cities (population 250,000 and above), is based on six criteria:  number of local bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation in the city, periodical publishing resources, use of online resources, and residents’ education levels.

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – ― Mark Twain

Here Are The Rankings- The 20 Most Literate Cities in America, 2017

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Seattle
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Atlanta
  5. San Francisco
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Portland, Ore.
  8. Cincinnati
  9. St. Paul, Minnesota
  10. Boston
  11. Denver
  12. St. Louis, MO
  13. Raleigh, NC
  14. Nashville-Davidson, TN
  15. Durham, NC
  16. Kansas City, MO
  17. Austin, TX
  18. Honolulu
  19. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  20. Colorado Springs, CO

Here is the rest of the list:

21. Cleveland
22. Chicago
23. Columbus, OH
24. Lincoln, NE
25. New Orleans
26. Tulsa, OK
27. Orlando, FL
28. New York City
29. Indianapolis, IN
30. Oakland, CA
31. Baltimore
32. San Diego
33. Omaha, NE
34. Plano, TX
35. Philadelphia
36. Irvine, CA
37. St. Petersburg, FL
38. Greensboro, NC
39. Sacramento, CA
40. Louisville-Jefferson Co.,KY
41. Oklahoma City, OK
42. Dallas
43. Virginia Beach, VA
44. Charlotte, NC
45. Albuquerque, NM
46. Buffalo, NY
47. Milwaukee
48. Newark, NJ
49. Fort Wayne, IN
50. Miami
51. Tampa
52. San Jose, CA
53. Tucson, AZ
54. Anchorage, AK
55. Jacksonville, FL
56. Toledo, OH
57. Detroit
58. Las Vegas
59. Santa Ana, CA
60. Jersey City, NJ
61. Wichita, KS
62. Aurora, CO
63. Chandler, AZ
64. Fort Worth, TX
65. Phoenix, AZ
66. Arlington, TX
67. Memphis
68. Los Angeles
69. Riverside, CA
70. Houston, TX
71. Henderson, NV
72. Long Beach, CA
73. Mesa, AZ
74. Chula Vista, CA
75. Fresno, CA
76. San Antonio, TX
77. Corpus Christi, TX
78. Anaheim, CA
79. Stockton, CA
80. El Paso, TX
81. Bakersfield, CA
82. Laredo, TX

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.


Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CHAIR, CEO, AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR of the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.