Public Libraries Outnumber McDonald’s

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By Jason Boog Comment

Institute of Museum and Library Services statistician Justin Grimes mapped all 17,000 public libraries in the United States, revealing the reach of our library system. Atlantic Cities has the scoop:

If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the ubiquity of McDonald’s, this stat may make your day: There are more public libraries (about 17,000) in America than outposts of the burger mega-chain (about 14,000). The same is true of Starbucks (about 11,000 coffee shops nationally).

Follow this link to see the complete Google Map Grimes created.

Americans value libraries too. A Pew study recently discovered that 94 percent of American parents agree that “libraries are important for their children.”

(Via Andrew Kessler)