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The most, least literate big U.S. cities

Washington, D.C., is the most literate big city in the United States, and Bakersfield, Calif., the least, in the newest annual rankings that consider factors including the population’s education level and the number of bookstores.

The rankings have been done annually for six years by Central Connecticut State University, which also factors in a city’s newspaper, magazine and journal circulation, and library and Internet resources. The study looked at data in cities with populations of 250,000 and larger.

The nation’s capital topped the list for the second straight year, with these right behind it in the top five: Seattle (2), Minneapolis (3), Atlanta (4) and Boston (5). Rounding out the top 10: Pittsburgh (6), Cincinnati (7), St. Louis (8), San Francisco (9) and Denver (10).

The bottom five, starting with the fifth worst: Fresno and then Stockton, both in California; El Paso and then Corpus Christi, both in Texas; and finally, at the bottom, Bakersfield.

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