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America's most well-read cities: Alexandria comes in at #1

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America's most well-read cities: Alexandria tops Amazon survey

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America's most well-read cities: Alexandria tops Amazon survey

A new survey from Amazon.com deems Alexandria the most well-read city in the United States, based on sales of books, magazines and newspapers in both print and Kindle formats since last June. It's the second time Amazon has conducted this survey.

This year's survey sees a flip-flop at the top, with Alexandria finishing ahead of Cambridge, Mass. Last year, the city that's the home of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came out at #1 while Alexandria slid in at #2.

Alexandria's neighbor, Arlington, came in at #7 on the list, and Washington D.C. taps in at #9. Cambridge, Berkeley, Calif., Ann Arbor, Mich. and Boulder, Colo. round out the top five. The biggest distinction between Alexandria and the top five is seemingly the lack of a major college or university within the city limits.

Richmond also makes the list at #20.

Amazon's deeper dig into their data also shows that Virginia tops their list of most books and literature purchased from the romance genre.

The full top 20 is as follows:

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

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