Amazon ranks the United States' top 20 most well-read cities. Did yours make the cut?
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Amazon's most well-read US cities list was released on Thursday, with the top slot being grabbed not by New York or Boston but Alexandria, Virginia, Slate reported

Alexandria was just one of three Virginia cities on the list of the 20 most well-read cities in the country, beating out Cambridge, the home of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (which took second place), and Berkeley, California, which ranked third.

The list was chock-full of university cities like Ann Arbor, Michigan (fourth), Boulder, Colorado (fifth), Gainesville, Florida (eighth) and Columbia, South Carolina (fifteenth).

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"It's great to see that we are truly a nation of readers, with representation on this list from every region of the country," Chris Schluep, senior editor of books for, said in a statement announcing the results, Reuters reported

Amazon's yearly list ranked cities with more than 100,000 residents based on total data of book, magazine, and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, but doesn't actually take into account how many of those purchases are read by consumers. 

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Here's the full list: 

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

What do you think? Is there a city that should have made the cut that didn't? Let us know in the comments. 

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