Minneapolis has regained its title as most literate city in the United States, moving Seattle once again to the number 2 spot. Every year, measures of reading behavior are compared among U.S. cities with populations of 250,000 or more, measures including newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and Internet resources. Minneapolis and Seattle traditionally bounce back and forth year after year, exchanging the number 1 and 2 spots. St. Paul, our sister city, is a strong third. Interestingly, Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Washington, D.C. have been in the top 10 every year the study has been conducted
In a subanalysis, Seattle ranks number 1 in the bookseller category, followed by San Francisco at 2, Minneapolis and Cincinnati tied for 3, and St. Paul at 8. This category ranks the number of retail bookstores, number of rare and used bookstores and number of American Bookseller Association members per 10,000 people.