The state of Georgia has been the backdrop of countless literary classics in U.S. history, though you wouldn’t know it by the state’s literary ranking. With National Read A Book Day arriving on Sept. 6, we decided to look at the states who love to read the most.
BetGeorgia.com put a bookmark in Georgia sports betting updates and utilized 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-August 2023) Once acquiring that information, we averaged out the ranking of the states to get our final list.
States That Love Reading Books the Least
Georgia sportsbook apps will not have this information for you, but we like to cover all things surrounding the Peach State. Here's where the Peach State ranked nationally by those metrics, compared with the rest of the country.
Georgia Among Least Book-Loving States
Georgia finished our survey ranked as the sixth-least book-loving state in the country, at 39.5, sandwiched between New Jersey (41) and Florida (39). The national bellwether states when it comes to books were Mississippi and Texas, which finished No. 50 and 49, respectively, with scores of 50 and 45.
Other Southern states that ranked in the bottom 15 nationally were Louisiana (48th, at 44.5), Florida (44th), and Alabama (37th, at 33.5). The rest of the bottom five in the country by our metrics were North Dakota (41.5) and New Jersey (41) — while New York and Nebraska rounded out the top 10 nationally, at 38 apiece.