Once Again, Alexandria Is Most Well-Read City in U.S.

Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” is the best-selling book in Alexandria since June 2012, according to Amazon.

Well done, bookworms! 

For the second-straight year, Alexandria has claimed the top spot on Amazon’s list of the most well-read cities in America.

Amazon determines its ranking by compiling information of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2012, to determine the top 20 most well-read U.S. cities. 

The statistics are per capita, and the rankings include only municipalities of more than 100,000 residents.  

“I think it’s great,” said Erin Barker of Hooray for Books in Old Town. “The nice thing about being in Alexandria and Old Town is that there really is a reading community and people that come into the store that support independence and literacy.”

Alexandria has finished no lower than second in the three-year history of the list. 

Last year, Amazon revealed Alexandrians read more romance titles than anyone else. According to this year’s analysis, Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” was the best-selling book in Alexandria since June 2012, followed by the three titles in E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades” trilogy.

The top 20 most well-read cities in the country are:

1. Alexandria
2. Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Miami
4. Cambridge, Mass.
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Berkeley, Calif.
8. Cincinnati
9. Columbia, S.C.
10. Pittsburgh
11. St. Louis
12. Salt Lake City
13. Seattle
14. Vancouver, Wash.
15. Gainesville, Fla.
16. Atlanta
17. Dayton, Ohio
18. Richmond
19. Clearwater, Fla.
20. Tallahassee, Fla.

Arlington fell out of the list after placing seventh in 2012. Vancouver, Wash.; Dayton, Ohio; Clearwater, Fla.; and Tallahassee, Fla.; are all first-timers on the list.

Robert Kimball April 25, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Apparently not everyone in Alexandria is into books. Folks at one of the welfare offices on North St. Asaph's Street had no idea where the city's main library was located when I inquired early this year.
MKB April 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I think you've just proven that they're not into libraries. Other than that, excellent detective work, champ!
matt tallmerq April 25, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Okay, now, how about a real book store. An indpendent book store, not a B&N store with the same old junk... Please. Someone. You can even combine a wine bar.
Scooby's Doo April 25, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Well I had no idea St. Asaph was in possession of a street.


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