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Where to Find the Biggest Bookworms in America?


New York may be the literary capital of the United States, but when it comes to people who buy books, it’s taking a back seat to Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the United States. Households in the nation’s second-largest city spent $354 million on reading materials during the last year, no doubt encouraged by prolonged stay-at-home pandemic orders.

No single New York county was even in the top 10 for spending money on reading; even combining the five boroughs would have only accounted for $308 million in expenditures. Cook County, Ill., ranked second ($201 million), followed by Maricopa, Ariz. ($192 million), Harris County, Texas ($168.6 million), and San Diego County, Calif. ($133.1 million). People in tiny Kalawao County, Hawaii, the nation’s least-populous county, only spent $5,900. Check out the habits of fellow bookworms in your county with Social Explorer’s award-winning, customizable mapping tools.


Reading Materials, Market Profile Data 2020. Click here to explore further.

Author: Frank Bass

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