Washington is America's most literate city, again

Story highlights

  • The study is based on six indicators of literacy
  • The top four cities are the same as a year ago

Say what you want about the nation's capital, but the folks in Washington can read.

For the second year in a row, Washington tops an annual list of American's most literate cities. The four highest ranked cities, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Atlanta, are the same as in 2010.

The Central Connecticut State University study ranks the nation's largest communities based on six indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources.

America's Most Literate Cities in 2011:

1. Washington

2. Seattle

3. Minneapolis

4. Atlanta

5. Boston

6. Pittsburgh

7. Cincinnati

8. St. Louis

9. San Francisco

10. Denver