The top 10 are as follows:
Seattle, WA (last year's #1)
St. Paul, MN
St. Louis, MO
San Francisco, CA
Living in the South Chicago Suburbs, I was curious how well Chicago ranked and was dismayed when I found it at number 40, falling from 39 last year, but rising from 46 in 2005. Overall 69 cities were ranked, so 40 puts Chicago in the bottom half. With Chicago being the 3rd most populated city in the US this puts are literacy rate low. In 2000 there were 78 libraries within the city limits of Chicago and 596 public schools (elementary & secondary). 28.2% of Chicagoans above age 25 have not received a high school diploma.
I've checked many different sources and all the data I received from each one disappointed me. What could we do to raise our rankings? What could we do to keep kids in school? What could we do to promote reading?
Or the simplest thing anyone can do:
You can also read to your younger siblings or cousins or neighbors. You could volunteer at your local library or elementary school. Just read to them.