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booksmallKnoxville is full of romantic people, Cambridge has lots of entrepreneurs and Alexandria is a flat-out well-read city.

Those are some of the conclusions we can make after seeing Amazon’s third annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. Alexandria, Va. topped the list for the second consecutive year, while Seattle finished at No. 13 and Vancouver, Wash. made its debut on the list at No. 14.

Seattle also ranked at No. 13 last year. Bellevue, Wash., fell out of the rankings this year after coming in at No. 16 in 2012.

Amazon analyzed book, magazine and newspaper sales from both print and Kindle formats since June 1 of last year, counting stats on a per capita basis for cities with more than 100,000 residents. Knoxville, Tenn., which jumped from No. 12 to No. 2, had the most purchased books in the Romance category, while Cambridge, Mass., folk ordered the most books from the Business & Investing shelves.

Is Seattle becoming less of a literate city? In Amazon’s first-ever most well-read rankings back in 2011, the Emerald City came in ninth place, and in February, we wrote about how Seattle was slipping in the annual “most literate” cities list.

But then a month later, two Seattle-based libraries finished in the top-five for the nation’s libraries that lend the most e-books. Maybe Seattle is simply reading more, but on e-readers instead. With Amazon and its incredibly-popular Kindle based right here in the Emerald City, it makes sense.

Full list:

  1. Alexandria, Va.
  2. Knoxville, Tenn.
  3. Miami, Fla.
  4. Cambridge, Mass.
  5. Orlando, Fla.
  6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  7. Berkeley, Calif.
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Columbia, S.C.
  10. Pittsburgh, Penn.
  11. St. Louis, Mo.
  12. Salt Lake City, Utah
  13. Seattle, Wash.
  14. Vancouver, Wash.
  15. Gainesville, Fla.
  16. Atlanta, Ga.
  17. Dayton, Ohio
  18. Richmond, Va.
  19. Clearwater, Fla.
  20. Tallahassee, Fla.

Previously on GeekWire: Paper trumps tech at national library conference

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