The Green Mountain State has a rich literary history with authors across time seeking refuge and inspiration in Vermont. With a new study from Typing.com, there is reason to believe the love of literature has rubbed off on all Vermonters.
The online typing tutor website conducted a study to find what state had the highest love of reading. Vermont ranked first due to several strengths.
One of Vermont’s strongest indicators of a love of reading was the ratio of public libraries to people, edging out all other states in its per capita ratio. According to the Vermont Library Association, there are 180 public libraries in Vermont which means there’s one library per 3,469 people.
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Vermonters don’t just have libraries, they also use them. The Typing.com study showed that Vermont residents visit the library 5.89 times a year on average, which is the second highest rate in America.
Independent bookstores are also plentiful in Vermont. The study says Vermont has four bookstores for every 100,000 people, which checks out with Vermont’s independent bookstore passport that has 24 stores listed. Vermont ranks second in bookstores per capita.
Other states with high love-of-reading scores include Wyoming, Maine, New Hampshire and Iowa, according to the study.
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