Putting aside the link between reading and being thin
, what exactly is the link between geography and the likelihood of picking up a good (or bad) book?
Henry Grabar at The Atlantic
can tell us. He passes along
data from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life project that details the reading habits of Americans living in cities, suburbs and rural areas of the country. It found that while four out of five of those in big metros - inner city to outer suburbs - claim to have read a book in the last year, a somewhat smaller number of folks in rural areas had done the same.
"Rural residents come in a distinct third, with 71 percent reporting having read a book in the last 12 months," writes Grabar. "Rural residents who do read books, though, read as much as their densely settled counterparts."
Other trivia gleaned from the data: for all three groups, over three-quarters of those surveyed read for pleasure; nearly 60% of city and suburb dwellers read for work or school, compared to 47% of rural residents; and when it comes to e-books, people in cities are leading the way, "while suburbanites still read the most magazines."
Via The Atlantic