Bakersfield is "Least Literate City" in 2013

According to college survey

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Central Connecticut State University has released results of their study on America's Most Literate Cities 2013, and Bakersfield came in last.

"We need to read so we can understand ourselves and the world around us and acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed in life," said Maria Rutledge, head librarian at Beale Library.

The study focused on American's major cities that have a population of over 250,000, according to the website.

According to the study's author Dr. John W. Miller, the study focuses on six key indicators of literacy. Those indicators are number of bookstores, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, periodical publishing resources and newspaper circulation.

Bakersfield was ranked 77 out of 85 cities, but there were several cities that tied, making Bakersfield last, according to the study's website.

But there are some who are not quite convinced of the ranking.

"I don't quite get it! I believe there are other cities that should have ranked lower," Rutledge said.

Stockton ranked 75, Fresno and Chula Vista tied at 70.5.

Washington, D.C. ranked number one as the most literate city.

For the complete study you can go here .



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