Heads up, book-lovers! If you're looking for a bookish town to move to, 24/7 Wall St. has identified the 50 most well-read cities in the U.S., and one of them might be the site of your next job search. I've got the Top 10 for you to look at below, so be sure to send me a postcard when you arrive at your new, book-nerdy home.
Published on MSN, the 24/7 Wall St. article says that, in order to determine which U.S. cities were the most well read, the site took into account the number of public libraries per capita and the number of colleges and universities in the surrounding area. Because research shows that income and education levels canaffect library usage and reading habits, 24/7 Wall St. also factored into their analysis the cities' average incomes and the number of adult residents with high school diplomas. This should not be taken to mean that adults without high school diplomas or high-paying jobs do not read, or that anyone who attended college or has a cushy job reads all the time, merely that those with higher levels of education and income tend to read more.
24/7 Wall St.'s financial analysis doesn't mean you'll be priced out of living in these cities, however, nor does it mean that the most populated areas in the U.S. are necessarily the most well-read. You won't find New York City, Chicago, or even Portland, Ore. in the Top 10, which may seem strange when you think about all that those cities have to offer. But, if you're like me, you'd rather live someplace where you can read in peace instead.
Check out the Top 10 most well-read cities in the U.S. below, and share your favorite bookish destinations with me on Twitter!