Amazon.com has named three Virginia localities to its second annual list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities.
Alexandria was No. 1, Arlington was seventh and Richmond was 20th in the ranking.
In addition, Washington, D.C., just across the Potomac River from Arlington and Alexandria, was ninth on the list.
The Seattle-based online retailer compiled the list using data from all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Arlington actually is a county, but is very urban in appearance and culture.
In addition to topping the overall list, Alexandria was the leading U.S. city for romance books.
Virginia and Florida each had three cities on the list.
The complete ranking includes:
1. Alexandria, Va.
2. Cambridge, Mass.
3. Berkeley, Calif.
4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
5. Boulder, Colo.
7. Arlington, Va.
8. Gainesville, Fla.
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Salt Lake City
12. Knoxville, Tenn.
14. Orlando, Fla.
15. Columbia, S.C.
16. Bellevue, Wash.
18. St. Louis
20. Richmond, Va.
Amazon.com is building distribution centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties.
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