According to an annual study conducted by Central Connecticut State University, Washington, D.C. holds the top ranking, a position it claimed in 2009 when it dethroned Seattle. The study, now in its 11th year, used six key indicators of literacy to rank cities with populations of more than 250,000. Those criteria include newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and internet resources.
Reporting on the findings, one Seattle-based journalist, noted the Emerald City is “poised to become the next big digital-publishing powerhouse” and could reclaim the top spot.
As the chart shows, the most literate cities tended to be in the Northeast and generally had a well-educated and well-paid population. Seattle, with 57.7 percent of its population holding a college degree, was the highest among cities in the survey.