These 11 California Cities Rank Among the Best for Book Lovers

PASADENA, CA — A new study has ranked several Southern California cities among America’s best for book lovers.

Lawn Love compared the 200 largest US cities based on access to public libraries, bookstores, small free libraries, book clubs and events. Several cities in the Golden State topped the list.

Pasadena took the top spot in the overall national business rankings, thanks to the city’s high ratings in books for sale (#2) and book exchanges (#9).

With numerous literary events, book lovers in Pasadena can take a break from the city’s many independent and used bookstores and escape to annual events, such as LitFest and the Pasadena Loves YA teen book festival. .

Pasadena wasn’t the only California city to carve out a spot in the top 10. Garden Grove was ranked No. 8 on the list, with high scores for book rentals and events. Oakland was ranked No. 9, with high scores for books for sale and book exchanges.

Here’s a look at the top 10 cities for book lovers across the country:

The best cities in 2022 for book lovers
1. Pasadena, California
2.Seattle, Washington
3.Jersey City, New Jersey
4. Eugene, OR
5. New York, New York
6. Portland, OR
7. Alexandria, Virginia
8. Garden Grove, California
9. Oakland, California
10. Denver, CO

Although they didn’t make the top 10, several California cities still performed reasonably well and are very “book-friendly,” according to Lawn Love.

This includes San Francisco, which took 19th place, ranking high for community and book rental.

Home to many Beat Generation hotspots, San Fran is also home to the Beat Museum, as well as hangouts frequented by Beat writers, such as City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe.


Local Council: Be sure to visit Vroman Bookstore, the oldest independent bookstore in SoCal.


Here’s how other California cities ranked:

15. Torrance, California
20. Fulerton, CA
24. Orange, California
25. San Diego, California
27. Sacramento, CA
31. Sunnyvale, CA
49. Los Angeles, California

So which cities are among the worst for book lovers? According to Lawn Love, these cities include Sunrise Manor, NV (#200), Joliet, IL (#199), Enterprise, NJ (#198), Olathe, KA (#197) and Corpus Christi, TX (#197). ° 196).

Bernard P. Love