Proud of Pittsburgh literacy

According to Central Connecticut State University findings, my home city of Pittsburgh ranks sixth in literacy out of seventy-five top U.S. cities—falling behind Washington (#1), Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Boston (#5). That ranking is down from 2010 and 2009, when it placed fifth and fourth, respectively, but up by half from 2008.

Photo from the Big Idea Bookstore website.

I’m so proud of Pittsburgh, especially considering how a lot of chain bookstores are closing down in the area, a trend that might mean another drop in reading. But there are still plenty of good venues for books:

How does your nearest city measure up? Have you participated in any literary events in your area?

Updated 2/7/2012.

4 thoughts on “Proud of Pittsburgh literacy”

  1. Sadly, my city ranks 40th. My husband used to volunteer for the Nebraska Literacy Project, until his work travel schedule go too hectic. And I am taking part in the literacy project of my children – we are avid readers and have a naptime and bedtime reading ritual we never skip. Hopefully, our city will rank up there with yours someday soon! ;)


    1. Oh no! I’m glad to hear you’re contributing to the improvement of your city’s literacy ranking. A city’s overall literacy is not reflective of its individuals per say—I know plenty of people in and around Pittsburgh who aren’t readers, and many people who are, and I’m sure it’s the same for you. It sounds like you and your family are very active about reading, too. Good for you! :) Thanks for commenting!


  2. Thanks for the literacy ranking list. It’s a handy resource. Portland considers itself a “literary city,” but we clearly have a ways to go at #11. It’s interesting to see how the rankings rise and lower over the years. We do have some volunteer programs here that promote literacy and writing, like Write Around Portland (brings writing workshops to hospitals, schools, prisons, treatment centers and housing facilities), The Library Foundation, Start Making a Reader Today (kids’ reading), and In Other Words.


    1. Thanks for stopping by! Those sound like awesome programs! Write Around Portland is especially interesting, and I’m all for Start Making a Reader Today—any attention to fostering a love of books and reading in kids is something I really adored in my own childhood. Book fairs were my favorite annual school events!



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