Seattle Tops Amazon’s ‘Most Well-Read Cities’ List

Seattle Tops Amazon’s ‘Most Well-Read Cities’ List

Amazon has released a list of the most well-read cities in the nation, and Seattle, Washington is in the top spot, reports GalleyCat.

The definitive ranking was calculated through sales measurement of books, magazines, and newspapers in both print and digital format from April 2014 to April 2015 “on a per capita basis for cities with 500,000 residents.” Seattle holding the top ranking spot probably elicits great pride from Amazon, which is a Seattle-based retailer itself.

While compiling the list, it was also discovered that Washington D.C. residents prefer print books in lieu of digital counterparts, outranking Seattle for print sales. Three cities included in the ranking are in California, and Las Vegas claimed the award for most romance titles. The entire list can be found below.

Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities (According to Amazon):

1. Seattle, Washington
2. Portland, Oregon
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
4. Tucson, Arizona
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Austin, Texas
7. San Francisco, California
8. Albuquerque, New Mexico
9. Denver, Colorado
10. Louisville, Kentucky
11. Charlotte, North Carolina
12. Baltimore, Maryland
13. San Diego, California
14. Houston, Texas
15. Indianapolis, Indiana
16. San Jose, California
17. Jacksonville, Florida
18. San Antonio, Texas
19. Nashville, Tennessee
20. Chicago, Illinois

Did your city make the list?

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Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine June 3, 2015 - 6:45am

I smell a fix. 

Tom1960's picture
Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago June 3, 2015 - 7:57am

Sadly, my city, Athens, Georgia, did not make the list. Wonder why? Athens is a college town full of graduates that never leave, you'd think the coffee shops would be full of bookworms downing espressos to keep reading around the clock. But no, we're the same old philistines you find anywhere.

Anna Gutmann's picture
Anna Gutmann from Ohio is reading American Gods June 3, 2015 - 8:25am

I live in Ohio, and nowhere near here even made the list. Sadly, I feel as if we're not the most cultured state ...

postpomo's picture
postpomo from Canada is reading words words words June 3, 2015 - 9:54am

if it's Amazon's list, I imagine it excludes people who use the library, trade books, or buy them at local shops. This is more a list of Amazon's top per-capita book buyers.

Besides, there's no shortage of stories to be had in any community.


Tom1960's picture
Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago June 3, 2015 - 9:56am

Good point, Postpomo. My community does have a lot of the little free library kiosk and that's what I use.

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cshultz81 from Oklahoma is reading Best Horror of the Year Volume 8 June 3, 2015 - 3:26pm

Despite the fact these numbers say little about Seattle's actual well-read stature, I'm not surprised to find Oklahoma City absent from this list...

Peggy Wallingford Butherus's picture
Peggy Wallingfo... June 10, 2015 - 11:39am

Notice that the majority of the cities on the list are known for liberals.