Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Report: Atlanta among nations most-literate cities
According to a national survey by Central Connecticut State University, Atlanta is among the nation’s most-literate major cities.
The Big Peach came in fifth, trailing Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Pittsburgh, Penn. Rounding out the Top 10 are Portland, Ore.; St. Paul, Minn; Boston; Cincinnati, Ohio,; and Denver, Colo.
Atlanta, as well as Boston, Seattle, Washington, made the Top 10 in literacy and also as best cities for singles.
The report scored cities of 250,000 people or more against several indicators, including education level, Internet use, newspaper circulation, number of booksellers, library services and local publications.
The study, “America’s Most Literate Cities 2009,” measures cultural offerings and reading resources among major national cities. The study compares literacy with other “quality of life” factors, finding that “cities that rank high for literacy also tend to feature great singles’ scenes.”
“This study attempts to capture one critical index of our nation’s well-being – the literacy of its major cities – by focusing on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources,” said the study’s author, CCSU President Jack Miller, in a news release. “The information is compared against population rates in each city to develop a per capita profile of the city’s ‘long-term literacy’ – a set of factors measuring the ways people use their literacy – and thus presents a large-scale portrait of our nation’s cultural vitality.”
Atlanta Business Chronicle
December 28, 2009
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