Amazon Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in America


This morning, Amazon unveiled its second annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America — at least if we’re taking “well-read” to mean “buys a lot of stuff from Amazon,” that is. According to the press release, “the ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.” So, that’s a rather loose definition of “well-read,” but we’re not going to judge. Some fun facts from the release: Berkeley residents ordered the most travel books, those healthy exercisers in Boulder bought the most books in the Health, Fitness & Dieting category, Cambridge kids cleaned out the Business & Investing category, and Alexandria, which topped the entire list, did so by ordering tons of romance novels. No word on which city ordered the most literary fiction, memoirs or nonfiction, though. Any guesses? Click through to see where your city stands on Amazon’s Most Well-Read Cities in America list, and let us know what you think in the comments.

1. Alexandria, VA

2. Cambridge, MA

3. Berkeley, CA

4. Ann Arbor, MI

5. Boulder, CO

6. Miami

7. Arlington, VA

8. Gainesville, FL

9. Washington, DC

10. Salt Lake City

11. Pittsburgh

12. Knoxville, TN

13. Seattle

14. Orlando, FL

15. Columbia, SC

16. Bellevue, WA

17. Cincinnati

18. St. Louis

19. Atlanta

20. Richmond, VA

[via GalleyCat]