A recent report is showing that although it’s easy to get caught in the hustle and bustle of commuter life in the city, many Vancouverites are still finding time to hit the books.
In a list of the top 20 Candian cities that love to read, Vancouver was crowned as the third-ranking city.
The list, compiled by Amazon Canada, examines sales data from Amazon.ca and looks at print and e-book sales from May 2017 to May 2018. The data is compiled on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Specifically, Vancouverites were ranked as the top consumers in purchasing cookbooks and books “pertaining to health and fitness, social sciences, self-help, travel, and arts and photography.”
Amazon Canada also revealed that the top 20 cities alone purchased enough books to scale the CN Tower 1,200 times.
The top-ranking city in this years list was Kingston, Ontario, followed by Waterloo, Ontario. Other cities in British Columbia that made the top 20 cut included Kelowna, Langley, and Delta.
An interesting point that Amazon’s list fails to mention, however, is how many of each city’s said consumers are students. With Kingston leading in purchases for textbooks, history, medical, and law, and Waterloo leading in science and math, computers and technology, and technical professional books, it’s a safe assumption that a large portion of their demographic consisted of those attending university.
The complete list of “Canadian Cities that Love to Read” is as follows:
- Kingston, Ontario
- Waterloo, Ontario (new in 2018)
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Kelowna, British Columbia
- Langley, British Columbia
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Calgary, Alberta
- Oakville, Ontario
- Regina, Saskatchewan
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Red Deer, Alberta (new in 2018)
- Guelph, Ontario
- Burlington, Ontario
- London, Ontario
- Delta, British Columbia (new in 2018)
- Oshawa, Ontario
- Kitchener, Ontario
- Barrie, Ontario
- Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Thornhill, Ontario