Friday, December 09, 2005
Americas Most Literate Cities!
I’m from Minneapolis and I love to read. How about you? Do you love to read? Then maybe you should move to Seattle or Minneapolis. According to Dr. John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, Seattle is now the most literate big city in the United States. Minneapolis was number one last year and ranks second in 2005.
Dr. Miller draws from a variety of available data resources, the America’s Most Literate Cities study ranks the 69 largest cities (population 250,000 and above) in the United States. Previous editions of this study focused on five key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, and educational attainment. The 2005 study introduces a new factor - the Internet - to gauge the expansion of literacy to online media.
Dr. Miller hopes the list - released again last week - will spur cities to spend more on books, libraries, and other literary stuff.
The original study was published online in 2003 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A link to the 2004 rankings is provided here.
By the way, who's the most read writer in the history of the English language? William Shakespeare? Geoffrey Chaucer? Charles Dickens? Nope! The answer is William Tyndale - the man who first printed the New Testament in English.
Want a Christmas blessing? Click on the following phrase and Read Tyndale's translation of the Christmas story!