A study at Central Connecticut State University ranks the most literate cities in the U.S. based on "newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources." Seattle is number one, San Francisco nine. Los Angeles comes in at...looking...still scanning...really, below Newark?...Las Vegas??...ok here we are: number 57. That squeezes us just below Riverside and just above Mesa, AZ and is actually an improvement. L.A. ranked 60th last year.
University president Dr. John W. Miller claims this is all more than fun whimsy.
This set of factors measures the practices of literacy--people's use of their literacy--and thus presents a complex and nuanced portrait of our nationís cultural vitality. From this data we can better perceive the extent and quality of the long-term literacy essential to individual economic success, civic participation, and the quality of life in a community and a nation.