Where Maryland stands

January 08, 2002|By Morgan Quitno Press using data from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research & Improvement

Maryland ranks near the bottom nationally in the number of public libraries and branches per capita. The state had 0.37 libraries per 10,000 population in 1997, compared with a national rate of 0.60. Vermont topped the list with 3.36 libraries for every 10,000 residents. The number of libraries did not include bookmobiles.

State....................................................Libraries per...........................................Rank

..........................................................10,000 population...............................

Kentucky................................ .................0.48................... ......................................40

South Carolina................................ .......0.48..........................................................40

Utah.................................... .......................0.48............. ............................................40

Virginia................................ .....................0.46............... ...........................................43

Delaware................................ ..................0.41.................. ........................................44

Hawaii.................................. ......................0.41.............. ...........................................44

Texas................................... ......................0.40.............. ...........................................46

Maryland................................ ...................0.37................. .........................................47

Arizona................................. .....................0.36............... ...........................................48

California.............................. .....................0.32............... ...........................................49

Florida................................. .......................0.30............. .............................................50

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