What’s the literacy health of your city?

The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog recently posted the results of a study done by Central Connecticut State University analyzing the “literacy health” of major American cities. It’s a cool study, so I thought I would post some of the results here. The study focuses on several key indicators of literacy, including number of bookstores, library resources, educational attainment, and newspaper circulation.

Here are the top five cities for literacy health:

1 Washington, DC
2 Seattle, WA
3 Minneapolis, MN
4 Atlanta, GA
5 Pittsburgh, PA

What surprised me most is that NYC is number 26 on the list! Philadelphia is 31, Chicago 28, and Boston 12.  Some other categories exist, and those results can be read here.


About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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