Maurice Tome peruses books at Politics and Prose. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Central Connecticut State University’s rankings started in 2005, with D.C. in third place. Seattle, Minneapolis and Atlanta have ranked consistently with D.C. in the list’s top five.

The university’s rankings are based on a combination of factors including education level, newspaper circulation and bookstores per capita.

With the decline of chain bookstores and the rebirth of independent ones, it looks like D.C. is still on top.

How would you rank D.C. on literacy? Leave a comment below.

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