List from Chapter 7

U.S. METROPOLITAN AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST SALES AT BOOK STORES AND NEWS DEALERS PER CAPITA

The entire top 10 list in this category is comprised of (mostly small) metropolitan areas dominated by a university town. Not surprisingly, students (and professors) buy a lot of books (including expensive textbooks). The average person in the United States spent around $50 at book stores and news dealers in 1997.

METROPOLITAN AREA
1. State College, PA
2. Bryan-College Station, TX
3. Lawrence, KS
4. Bloomington, IN
5. Lafayette, IN
6. Tallahassee, FL
7. Bloomington-Normal, IL**
8. Madison, WI
9. Ann Arbor, MI
10. Boston, MA-NH
10. Lexington, KY
ANNUAL SALES PER CAPITA*
$265
$235
$187
$178
$148
$147
$142
$141
$138
$129
$129
* Includes all sales from book stores and news dealers.
** Estimated data due to U.S. Census disclosure rules.

Source: U.S. Census, data from 1997.

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