Special Report

Best States for Public Libraries

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25. Michigan
> Index score: 1.70
> Libraries and book mobiles: 6.6 per 100,000 (25th most)
> Visits: 4.4 per person (23rd highest)
> Total books and documents: 25,927,628, or 2.6 per person (21st most)
> Population in the Michigan service area: 9,850,649

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24. New Mexico
> Index score: 1.72
> Libraries and book mobiles: 8.4 per 100,000 (14th most)
> Visits: 4.5 per person (20th highest)
> Total books and documents: 4,072,650, or 2.7 per person (19th most)
> Population in the New Mexico service area: 1,501,042

23. Colorado
> Index score: 1.78
> Libraries and book mobiles: 4.9 per 100,000 (15th fewest)
> Visits: 5.2 per person (8th highest)
> Total books and documents: 9,485,445, or 1.7 per person (12th fewest)
> Population in the Colorado service area: 5,662,210

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22. New Jersey
> Index score: 1.81
> Libraries and book mobiles: 4.8 per 100,000 (14th fewest)
> Visits: 4.5 per person (22nd highest)
> Total books and documents: 25,058,134, or 2.7 per person (20th most)
> Population in the New Jersey service area: 9,404,597

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21. Missouri
> Index score: 1.87
> Libraries and book mobiles: 7.1 per 100,000 (20th most)
> Visits: 4.4 per person (24th highest)
> Total books and documents: 15,462,067, or 2.8 per person (17th most)
> Population in the Missouri service area: 5,463,832

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