Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America

Amazon recently released a list of the most well-read cities in America.  Did your city make the list?

Cambridge, Massachusetts tops the list which includes three cities in Florida and two local to NERD TREK- Bellevue and Seattle, WA.  Amazon based their numbers on the sale of both print and kindle books, magazines, and newspapers purchased per capita since January 2011.

In taking a closer look at the data, also found that:

Not only do they like to read, but they like to know the facts: Cambridge, Mass.–home to the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology–also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books.

Boulder, Colo., lives up to its reputation as a healthy city by topping the list of cities that order the most books in the Cooking, Food & Wine category.
Alexandria, Va., residents must be reading a lot of bedtime stories – they topped the list of the city that orders the most children’s books.

Summer reading weather all year long? Florida was the state with the most cities in the Top 20, with Miami, Gainesville and Orlando making the list.

“In anticipation of the summer reading season–one of our favorite times to catch up on pleasure reading and unwind with the new titles being published this season–we’re excited to reveal the Most Well-Read City list,” said Mari Malcolm, managing editor of Books, “We hope book lovers across the country enjoy this fun look at where the most voracious readers reside, and that everyone gets the chance to relax with some great summer reads.”

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[Sources:, Business Wire]

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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games /, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.