Dallas Barely Cracks Top 50 U.S. Cities For Literacy, Still Beats Fort Worth

Dallas is the 47th most literate city in America, coming in behind such bastions of literary might as Toledo, Ohio and Virginia Beach, Virginia in Central Connecticut State’s annual literacy rankings. Dallas was the third-highest ranked Texas city behind Austin (23) and Plano (45). Fort Worth came in at 52, followed by Houston (60.5), Arlington (64), San Antonio (71), El Paso (75), and Corpus Christi (75). The rankings were based on six categories: bookstores by 10,000 residents, education level, internet resources, library data (number of branches, circulation numbers, etc.), newspaper circulation, and the number of periodical publishers.

Only cities with more than 250,000 residents were ranked. Dallas’ highest ranking was in the internet resources category, where it was tied for 16th, with Fort Worth. Its worst? Bookstores, where we come in at 69th. There is hope, though. Last year Dallas was ranked 51st.

Plano was first overall in educational attainment, determined by the percentage of the population with high school and college degrees.