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City, Suburban and Country Readers

Pew Internet and American Life Project recently completed a survey of American readers. They compared the reading habits of those living in the city, suburbia and in rural areas. While there are some differences what they read, the survey found that most Americans like to read, they read for pleasure and they value their libraries.

Here are a few statistics from the survey:

Book readers: Some 78% of Americans ages 16 and older say they read a book in the past 12 months. Urban (80%) and suburban (80%) residents are especially likely to have read at least one book in the past year. While rural residents are somewhat less likely to have read a book in the past year (71%), the book readers in rural areas read as many books as their counterparts in cities and suburbs.

Americans and libraries: The majority of Americans ages 16 and older (58%) have a library card and even more (69%) say the library is important to them and their families. Some 71% of city dwellers say the library is important to them and 59% have library cards — and 69% of suburban residents say the library is important and 61% have library cards. At the same time, 62% of rural residents say the library is important and 48% have library cards.

You can view all of the survey details by following this link.

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