Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2010. January 2013: “The Public Libraries in the United States Survey report analyzes data supplied annually by over 98% of public libraries across the country. This years report features nine performance indicators and examines differences in library service at the locality levels (city, suburb, town, rural and national).FY 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with 17,078 public library branches and bookmobiles. This total translates to approximately 3.0 public libraries and 5.8 outlets for every 100,000 people. Although libraries in cities and suburbs comprise just over a quarter (28.4 percent) of all public libraries, they serve almost three-quarters (72.5 percent) of the population. In FY 2010, there were 487 public libraries in cities, 2,055 in suburban areas, 2,222 in towns, and 4,187 in rural areas.”
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