America's Most Literate Cities 2004
Link - The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater recently surveyed cities with populations over 200,000 to find the most literate cities for 2004. The Sun Herald reports that Birmingham, AL, (ranked 18th) beat out New York City (49th overall)Chicago (58th) and Los Angeles (68th). Montgomery beat those big cities, too, ranking No. 38 overall. The study looked at factors like libraries, newspaper readership, book stores, publications and education and compared them on a per-person basis. The study did not look at literacy rates. Other nearby cities that made the list include Atlanta, Ga. (15th); Nashville-Davidson, Tenn. (29th); Baton Rouge, La. (30th); New Orleans, La. (43rd); Shreveport, La. (50th); Houston, Tex. (63rd); and Memphis, Tenn. (67th).