Where Michigan Ranks Among Book-Loving States in America

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Michigan has a deep tradition of producing academic and literate folks, with such institutions as Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Detroit Mercy and Michigan Tech.

Famous authors such as Elmore Leonard (who was born in New Orleans but spent most of his life in Michigan), Detroit native Judith Guest, UM grad Arthur Miller and famed Detroit sportswriter Mitch Albom all can lay claim to having ties in Michigan.

National Read A Book Day is Sept. 6, so BetMichigan.com put a bookmark in our Michigan online casinos coverage to determine which states most love to read and where Michigan lands on that list.

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States That Love Reading Books Most

Rank, State Library Visits Rank Kindle Search Rank Average Pts.
1. Vermont 1 1 1
T2. Wyoming 5 6 5.5
T2. Massachusetts 4 7 5.5
4. Alaska 9 4 6.5
5. Oregon 12 5 8.5
6. Utah 18 3 10.5
7. Maine 14 8 11
8. Missouri 11 13 12
9. Montana 13 12 12.5
10. Iowa 7 19 13
T11. Idaho 20 10 15
T11. Virginia 17 13 15
T11. Connecticut 2 28 15
14. New Hampshire 21 11 16
15. Michigan 10 24 17

BetMichigan.com used two combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 states in terms of loving books. We used WordsRated.com to get the average annual library visits per capita in 2023 and Google Trends to get the searches for “Amazon Kindle” over the past 12 months (August 2022 to August 2023). We averaged the rankings of the states in those categories to get our final rankings.

Why Michigan Rates On Our Literate List

Michigan was No. 15 in our rankings among the 50 states.

The Great Lakes State, home of Michigan casino promotions, was No. 10 in library visits. According to the American Library Association website, the U of M library is the ninth-largest in the country of any type (public and academic libraries combined), with more than 10.7 million volumes.

The Detroit Public Library system is also one of the largest in the nation, with more than 20 locations listed on its website.

The Michigan.gov website says Rev. John Monteith founded the state’s first public library, City Library of Detroit, in 1817, a full 20 years before Michigan became the 26th state in 1837.

Our other metric is Kindle search rank, and in this category Michigan ranks No. 24, leading to a total ranking of No. 15 nationwide.

More About National Read A Book Day

This day is quite similar to National Book Lovers Day, which falls on Aug. 9.

According to the website nationaltoday.com, almost 20% of books that people read nowadays are on electronic platforms such as Kindle.

The United States reports an adult literacy rate of 99%, according to Worldpopulationreview.com — however, dozens of nations claim rates between 99% and 100% and seven claim a rate of 100%.

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