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St. Louis is America's 9th Most Literate City

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Book House
A look back at the Book House's old location in Rock Hill.
St. Louis is the ninth most literate city in America, between No. 8 Boston and No. 10 San Francisco, according to a new study from Central Connecticut State University.

River City has ranked in the top fifteen since 2005, usually hovering around eighth or ninth place. We reached our peak at No. 6 in 2007.

See also: Nation's Most Literate Cities Survey: St. Louisans Less Educated, But Read More

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The refurbished Central Library.
Washington, D.C., again takes the No. 1 spot as the most literate city in 2013, according to the study.

The university gave each city a score based on six criteria: the number of bookstores, the availability of online books and news, access to libraries, newspaper circulation, educational attainment and periodical publishing sources.

Missouri and Minnesota share a special distinction in this year's ranking. Because the study only ranks cities larger than 250,000 people, both states have just two cities that qualify: St. Louis and Kansas city here, and Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. In both states, both qualifying cities scored in the top quartile for literacy.

One-third of Midwestern cities were in the top quartile. Only Wichita, Kansas, was in the lowest quartile from the Midwest.

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Do we get credit for having books written ABOUT us?
St. Louis ranked third in the country for access to libraries and fifth for access to bookstores.

It's been a tough year for St. Louis bookstores. The Book House moved from Rock Hill to Maplewood after being evicted to make room for an E-Z Storage. It's former home, a 161-year-old Gothic house, was demolished earlier this month.

The Archive also closed, eventually selling books and anything not nailed down for a dollar before the holidays.

A-1 Book Exchange, famous for selling Bibles and porn in the same stores, closed after 55 years in the St. Louis area.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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John B Badd
John B Badd

Now if we can just stop all our bookstores from closing we will be alright. Don't buy books online people, shop local. Even if it cost you a few extra dollars it is worth it in the long run. A world without bookstores isn't a world I want to live in.

Brent G Swisher
Brent G Swisher

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John Null
John Null

Last week we were 7th according to a different bullshit report.

Allan Luba
Allan Luba

Thats because we to scared to go out.

Carlynn Brown Hudspeth
Carlynn Brown Hudspeth

So we are in the top three for std's and crime but we so damn literate too....hmmmmm

majigail
majigail

@stl250 StL is US 9th Most Literate City If they counted reading services for the blind Seattle & Pittsburgh would be out & we'd be up.

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

well i can say i have never had an std. but, i can say that i like to read books/

Debby Asberry-Chua
Debby Asberry-Chua

I would hate to see the 10th, 11th, 12th (etc) most literate city

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

Sometimes your comment section doesn't reflect that...

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

The fact that you CAN read does not matter as much as WHAT you read.

UnschoolCafe
UnschoolCafe

@RiverfrontTimes LOL. Reminds me of quote from A Fish Called Wanda, "Apes do read Nietsche, they just don't understand it."

Natasha Mayton
Natasha Mayton

DianeBlessed AndHighly FavoredJackson, they can thank you for your positive promotion too.

Greg Marley
Greg Marley

That place in the photo is not longer there. :(

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Literacy helps us understand our crime statistics.

Terry D. Turnbough
Terry D. Turnbough

We've got the smartest criminals and whores this side of the Mississippi!

Bridgett Huitt
Bridgett Huitt

9th most literate? Are you sure that's right lol

Jeep Naaked
Jeep Naaked

We don't rank high on crime.. its a stats problem. Don't start doing that too...

Bunny Ice
Bunny Ice

So there is something good about STL

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

God... what does that say about our country?

Carl Hill
Carl Hill

Books equal crime! Get rid of reading!

ParallelParker
ParallelParker

. . . and apparently apes and trolls post on RFT via Twitter. Who knows what they mean or understand?

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