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Monday, July 13, 2015


Earlier this year Minneapolis was voted the number one city for literacy in the country, beating out Washington D.C. which held the top spot for four consecutive years, but now has dropped to number two.  The annual survey, which ranks the nations 77 largest cities, elevated Minneapolis from the number 3 spot it held last year.

The main, downtown branch of the Hennepin County Library.

Magers & Quinn is just one of the many locally owned bookstores in Minneapolis.

Dr. Jack Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, conducted the survey, which measures “citizens’ use of literacy” by examining criteria that includes bookstores, internet and library resources, educational levels, and newspaper circulation.

The Uptown branch of the Hennepin County Library.

The many "Little Free Libraries" throughout the city . . .

 . . . Are used in every season.

This is the twelfth year that this survey has been ranking America’s Most Literate Cities, so this is quite an honor for Minneapolis.  As an aside, I’ll mention that St, Paul was ranked number four which means that the Twin Cities were well represented in the top five spots on this list.

***How did your city rate?

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