Seattle is a national-caliber mecca for book lovers

Feb 16th, 2022 | By | Category: Lifestyles

Seattle is the second-best city in the U.S. for book lovers, according to a study that ranked cities on access to public libraries, bookstores, Little Free Libraries, book clubs, and book-related events.

Seattle has an abundance of book swaps and book sellers, and also leads all cities in literary events per capita. It also doesn’t hurt that Seattle is a UNESCO-designated City of Literature with its very own civic poet. Topping the 10-best list is Pasadena, Calif. Rounding it out after Seattle are Jersey City, N.J., Eugene, Ore., New York City, Portland, Ore., Alexandria, Va., Garden Grove, Calif., Oakland, Calif., and Denver, Colo.

The study of 200 cities and what they offer bookworms was commissioned by Lawn Love, a lawncare and landscaping company whose locations nationally include Seattle and Tacoma. The connection between the lawn business and books isn’t clear, except people who hire a lawn service perhaps have more time for reading.

Access to its public library is one of the reasons Seattle is rated as the second-best city in the United States for book lovers.