Most Well-Read US Cities: Alexandria Tops List, the world’s top bookseller, sells a lot of books to the people in Alexandria, Virginia. The online retailer revealed its “Most Well-Read Cities” list today and Alexandria is at the top of the list.

This is the second year that Amazon has created a “Most Well-Read Cities” list.

Chris Schluep, senior editor of books for, said in a statement:

“As the summer reading season gets into full swing, we’re excited to reveal our second annual Most Well-Read Cities list. It’s great to see that we are truly a nation of readers, with representation on this list from every region of the country.”

According to Red Orbit, Amazon focused on cities with populations exceeding 100,000 for the list. Amazon compiled the list by looking at the purchase history for books, ebooks, magazines, and newspapers.

Here are the top 20 most well-read cities according to

  1. Alexandria, Va.
  2. Cambridge, Mass.
  3. Berkeley, Calif.
  4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  5. Boulder, Colo.
  6. Miami
  7. Arlington, Va.
  8. Gainesville, Fla.
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Salt Lake City
  11. Pittsburgh
  12. Knoxville, Tenn.
  13. Seattle
  14. Orlando, Fla.
  15. Columbia, S.C.
  16. Bellevue, Wash.
  17. Cincinnati
  18. St. Louis
  19. Atlanta
  20. Richmond, Va.

According to, Berkely, California is full of travelers since it ordered the most travel books, Boulder, Colorado is the healthiest since it ordered the most Health, Fitness, and Dieting books, people in Alexandria, Virginia are really into romance books, and the folks in Cambridge, Massachusetts are entrepreneurs since they ordered so many Business & Investing category.

What do you think of’s “Most Well-Read Cities” list? Is your city on the list?