This past week Amazon.com named The Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities and surprise, surprise, New Orleans is not on that list. Not that I expected New Orleans to be on that list. But a girl can hope that we had a sudden awakening in the past decade. Not so much, in fact, the sneaking suspicion that we might be on the Top 20 Most Illiterate Place in the U.S. inspired this post. My Dishing Junk posts are usually meant to entertain, this one just about made me cry. And here are some facts that might place IDIOCRACY in the non-fiction genre, instead of comedy.

23% of Americans did not read ONE book last year. 

53% of the ones that did read, read a book for pleasure, not school or work.

14% of American Adults can not read.

In2013 the Central Connecticut State Univeristy did a literacy study. Their focus was to judge major U.S. cities (250K+) and rate their literacy. They used six factors: Number of bookstores, education levels, internet resources, library resources, magazine/periodical publishing resources and newspapers.  If you get anything from this post, just use it as a resource of where not to live, because they don’t have any bookstores! And on a lighter note, New Orleans was actually in the TOP 20 Most Literate cities in the CCSU list. It was 19! Go NOLA.

Top 20 Most Illiterate Cities in the U.S.

  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. Corpus Christi, TX
  3. Stockton, CA
  4. El Paso, TX
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Anaheim, CA
  7. Fresno, CA
  8. Chula Vista, CA
  9. Aurora, CO
  10. Mesa, AZ
  11. Long Beach, CA
  12. Glendale, AZ
  13. Memphis, TN
  14. Los Angeles, CA
  15. Arlington, TX
  16. Wichita, KS
  17. Riverside, CA
  18. Henderson, NV
  19. Phoenix, AZ
  20. Jacksonville, FL

 

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