Is Minnesota Among The Least Book-Loving States In America?

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The state of Minnesota is known for many things, ranging from its jaw-dropping scenery to the many sheets of ice that make up the area’s love of hockey. The one thing that the Paul Bunyan State isn’t known for, evidently, is its love of reading — with Minnesota ranking among the least book-loving states in America by our metrics. took a break from Minnesota sportsbooks updates and utilized 2 combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 US States in terms of loving books. We utilized 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 rankings.    

States That Love Reading Books the Least

Here's some information you'll never find on Minnesota betting apps. Below you'll find where the Land of 10,000 Lakes ranked nationally by those metrics, compared with the rest of the country. 

Rank, State Library Visits Rank Kindle Search Rank Average Pts.
50. Mississippi 50 50 50
49. Texas 48 42 45
48. Louisiana 43 46 44.5
47. North Dakota 49 34 41.5
46. New Jersey 42 40 41
45. Georgia 37 42 39.5
44. Florida 41 37 39
T-43. New York 31 45 38
T-43. Nebraska 33 43 38
41. Nevada 26 48 37
40. West Virginia 36 37 36.5
39. New Mexico 25 46 35.5
38. Pennsylvania 46 24 35
37. Alabama 39 28 33.5
36. Minnesota 44 19 31.5

Minnesota Among Bottom Tier In U.S. When It Comes To Books

Minnesota wound up ranking 36th in the country by our two chosen metrics used to determine a state’s love of reading books. Between the state’s 24th “Kindles” search ranking and No. 10 spot for library visits per capita, Minnesota wound up in the bottom third nationally, with a total average ranking of 31.5. That ranking put Minnesota a spot ahead of Alabama, at 33.5, and ahead of other states like Pennsylvania (35), New Mexico (35.5) and West Virginia (36.5).  

Nationally, Mississippi (50), Texas (45), Louisiana (44.5), North Dakota (41.5), and New Jersey (41) were the bottom states when it came to books, while Georgia (39.5), Florida (39), New York and Nebraska (38 each) rounded out the bottom 10. Locally, it seems like Minnesotans who share a love for literary arts should band together to right the state’s standing when it comes to books because the region is among the unenviable company at the moment when it comes to the written word. 


Christopher Boan is a lead writer at, specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.