Is Texas the most well-read state in the nation? Not even close

Texans have a lot of things to be proud of — but being well-read might not be one of them.

Red Carpet Books operates a popular booth along Congress Ave for people to shop for bargain prices during the Texas book Festival Saturday October 17, 2015. The Texas Book Festival celebrates 20 years bringing as one of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country. The annual festival features over 250 nationally and critically recognized authors, exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers on the Texas State Capitol and surrounding grounds. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Red Carpet Books operates a popular booth along Congress Ave for people to shop for bargain prices during the Texas book Festival Saturday October 17, 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The National Endowment for the Arts recently merged data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, 2013 and 2015 on whether adults had read at least one play, novel, short story or poem in the last 12 months outside of work or school.

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Data source: Annual Arts Basic Survey (AABS), National Endowment for the Arts

Data source: Annual Arts Basic Survey (AABS), National Endowment for the Arts

This map illustrates what the data said about each state. According to the NEA, only 37.5 percent of Texans surveyed said that they read literature. The most well-read state is Vermont at 62.8 percent. For context, the national average is 43.1 percent.

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If you want to prove the data wrong and start reading up, definitely check out our books blog here.

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