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Library Support, Holdings, and Utilization


These four variables were indexed to determine a total score and consequent ranking:
1. Number of branch libraries per 10,000 library service population
2. Volumes held in the library per capita of library service population
3. Number of circulations per capita of library service population
4. Number of library professional staff per 10,000 library service population

These numbers were then divided by the city population in order to calculate ratios of library services and resources available to the population.


LIBRARY CITY FINAL RANK
1 Cleveland, OH 13
2 St. Louis, MO 8
3 Pittsburgh, PA 6
4 Fort Wayne, IN 39
5 Seattle, WA 2
6 Denver, CO 10
7 Cincinnati, OH 7
8 Toledo, OH 43
9 Kansas City, MO 14
10 Tulsa, OK 21
11 Indianapolis, IN 37
12 Columbus, OH 30
13 Minneapolis, MN 3
14 Washington, DC 1
15 Nashville-Davidson, TN 27
16 Boston, MA 5
17.5 San Francisco, CA 9
17.5 St. Paul, MN 12
19 Portland, OR 11
20 Lincoln, NE 28
21 Atlanta, GA 4
22 Lexington-Fayette, KY 24
23 Virginia Beach, VA 20
24 Colorado Springs, CO 26
25 New York City, NY 22.5
26 Newark, NJ 35
27 Honolulu CDP, HI 19
28 Baltimore, MD 18
29 Plano, TX 46
30 Jacksonville, FL 52
31 Omaha, NE 40.5
32 Dallas, TX 51
33 Oklahoma City, OK 49.5
34 Louisville-Jefferson Co.,KY 42
35 Austin, TX 22.5
36 Charlotte, NC 45
37.5 Oakland, CA 15
37.5 Philadelphia, PA 31
39 Milwaukee, WI 48
40 Wichita, KS 62
41 Raleigh, NC 16
42 Detroit, MI 49.5
43 Anchorage, AK 61
44 Albuquerque, NM 38
45.5 Tucson, AZ 55
45.5 Glendale, AZ 68
47.5 San Diego, CA 33.5
47.5 Fresno, CA 71
49 Tampa, FL 25
50 New Orleans, LA 17
51 Memphis, TN 63
52 San Jose, CA 32
53 Fort Worth, TX 54
54 Las Vegas, NV 47
55 Miami, FL 36
56 Phoenix, AZ 56
57 Chicago, IL 29
58.5 Henderson, NV 53
58.5 Arlington, TX 64
60 Long Beach, CA 65
61 El Paso, TX 73
62 Greensboro, NC 40.5
63 Anaheim, CA 69
64 Buffalo, NY 33.5
65 San Antonio, TX 66
66 Corpus Christi, TX 74
67.5 Riverside, CA 57
67.5 Los Angeles, CA 59
69 Bakersfield, CA 75
70 Aurora, CO 67
71 Sacramento, CA 44
72 Mesa, AZ 70
73 Houston, TX 60
74 Stockton, CA 72
75 Santa Ana, CA 58
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