Sunday, July 26, 2009

(Almost) Most Literate Cities

Just caught this... but here is a metric someone comes up with annually of the most literate cities in the nation. We had been in the top 10 in past years, but for 2008 we dropped to 11.

Deconstructing that I wonder what is driving Pittsburgh's still relatively high ranking. Part of it goes to what I discussed about how we really are one of the most educated places in the nation when you account for age of the population. At the same time, that ranking seems to take into account things like newspaper circulation which I have to believe is pushed up here by the older age demographic. Whether that means we are more literate, or just more dependent on ink I wonder.


Blogger Infinonymous said...

What is driving the relatively high ranking? A bit of research suggests number of booksellers, newspaper circulation and number of libraries (in that order, I believe).

In other words, thank Jay Dantry, the Block family and Andrew Carnegie.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 7:40:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Booksellers must be dropping, excepting the chains. Jay retired. The used bookstore of Murray in Squirrel Hill went a few years ago.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 7:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Far too much churn to be legitimate.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 11:08:00 PM  

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