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Book Stores in Los Angeles County
1997 & 2002 Economic Census

Type of Book Store 2002 1997
Number of Bookstores Sales ($1,000) Number of Bookstores Sales ($1,000)
General 190 319,327 216 293,898
Specialty 71 53,261 88 62,815
College 50 225,824 54 105,053
Total 311 598,412 358 461,766

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Los Angeles County is the largest book market in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (1997), the population of Los Angeles County exceeds that of New York's metropolitan area by only 6%, but Los Angeles County spends 37% more on books!



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