California cities captured six of the bottom ten places in the public library category of the most recent "America's Most Literate Cities report" (2013). Los Angeles public libraries ranked 69th out of 77.
The report analyzes data from 77 cities with populations of 250,000 and above.
The bottom ten:
68. Anaheim, CA
69. Los Angeles, CA
70. Anchorage, AK
71. Bakersfield, CA
72. Sacramento, CA
73. Mesa, AZ
74. Fresno, CA
75. Stockton, CA
76. Aurora, CO
77. Santa Ana, CA
Miller, J. 2013. "America's Most Literate Cities, 2013."
The library rankings are based on
1. Number of branch libraries per 10,000 library service population.
2. Volumes held in the library per capita of library service population
3. Number of circulations per capita of library service population
4. Number of library professional staff per 10,000 library service population
"These numbers were then divided by the city population in order to calculate ratios of library services and resources available to the population."