Whether it’s the cold weather or the curious minds, we Minnesotans sure love our books. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul made the list of top 10 most literate cities for 2012, WCCO reports. Minneapolis followed DC and Seattle respectively for third place, and St. Paul trailed in sixth, after Pittsburgh and Denver.

The study takes into account six key indicators: number of bookstores, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, periodical publishing resources, and newspaper circulation. The study only ranks large cities, with population exceeding 250,000, the complete list can be found here.

Although taking third and sixth is perfectly admirable, our Twin Cities have actually dropped down the ladder since earlier years of the study. In 2007, the study placed Minneapolis at the top and St. Paul third, then in 2008 Minneapolis was first again with St. Paul at fourth.