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September 3, 2015

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Report: Las Vegas No. 52 on list of country’s most literate big cities

If new rankings are any indication, some Southern Nevadans might prefer to crack open a beer than a book.

On its list of America’s Most Literate Cities, Central Connecticut State University ranked Las Vegas 52nd among cities with more than 250,000 residents. Henderson ranked 63rd.

In the previous year's rankings, Henderson was 64th and Las Vegas ranked 50th.

To create the rankings, the university used six metrics: number of bookstores per 10,000 residents, education level, library resources, newspaper circulation, periodical publication and Internet resources.

Henderson tied for 18th place with Boston for education level, but Las Vegas ranked 64th, just below Corpus Christi, Texas. Educational level was measured using two variables: percentage of population that holds a high school diploma or higher, and the percentage of the population that holds a bachelor’s degree.

Las Vegas tied with Houston, Texas, for 33rd place in bookstores. Henderson ranked 73rd in the number of bookstores per 10,000 residents.

According to the list, the most literate cities are Washington, D.C., Seattle and Minneapolis. The least literate cities were Bakersfield, Calif., Aurora, Colo., and Stockton, Calif.

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