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List Rules Includes printed, national, general-interest newspapers

The best U.S. newspapers are those printed periodical publications that feature the most intriguing articles from many of the top journalists in America. With daily circulation in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, these are the most popular newspapers in America and a primary source of news and information for millions around the country.

While it's easy to think that your local newspaper is the best as it contains the best combination of local, national and world news relevant to your area, the two largest newspapers in the country are national publications. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today lead the pack in circulation with roughly two million subscribers each per day. That's not to say local papers cannot stack up. The New York Times for example also is beloved by those far from the Big Apple with over 1.5 million readers daily.

But with the advances of technology, many of these newspapers are feeling the strain and have focused more on digital editions over printed copies. Many have stopped issuing a print edition on a daily basis, such as the New Orleans Times-Picayune, among others. Despite the pressure from their newspaper companies to cut jobs, these newspapers continue to produce award-winning and compelling content on a daily basis. The hard-working writers from these renowned publications remain dedicated to hard-hitting journalism, original content and quality reporting.

So whether you're a fan of the big dogs in the newspaper business, like the 112-time Pulitzer Prize winner New York Times, or the local paper that provides the best local reporting around, like the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune or Boston Globe, surely you've had one of these top American newspapers in your hand at one time or another. Which newspapers or newspaper websites do you turn to first for news? Vote for your favorite U.S. newspapers or add any not listed below!
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1
195 93
New York Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added New York Times

2
187 93
The Washington Post is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
United States of America , Washington, D.C.

3
166 82
The Wall Street Journal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Brooklyn , New York City

4
88 53
The Boston Globe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Boston , Boston

5
53 36
Chicago Tribune is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Cook County , Chicago

6
73 55
Los Angeles Times is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Los Angeles , Los Angeles

7
24 24
The Kansas City Star is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Kansas City , Kansas City

8
64 71
USA Today is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
United States of America , McLean

9
15 14
The Atlanta Journal-Constituti... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta , Dunwoody

10
28 30
San Francisco Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco , San Francisco

11
23 25
Tampa Bay Times is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County , St. Petersburg

12
22 24
The Baltimore Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Baltimore Sun Baltimore , Baltimore

13
34 39
San Jose Mercury News is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Jose , San Jose

14
22 25
St. Louis Post-Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis , St. Louis

15
12 13
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Allegheny County , Pittsburgh

16
26 30
The Oregonian is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Oregonian Portland , Portland

17
21 24
The Philadelphia Inquirer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia , Philadelphia

18
34 40
Chicago Sun-Times is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Chicago Sun-Times Cook County , Chicago

19
34 40
The Dallas Morning News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Dallas County , Dallas

20
14 16
Houston Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Houston Chronicle

21
18 21
The Seattle Times is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Seattle Times Washington , Washington

22
9 10
The Star-Ledger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Star-Ledger Middlesex County , Newark

23
21 25
The Miami Herald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Latin America , Miami

24
21 25
Detroit Free Press is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Detroit , Detroit

25
12 14
The Sacramento Bee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Sacramento Bee Sacramento County , Sacramento

26
12 14
The Columbus Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Columbus Dispatch Columbus , Columbus

27
23 28
The Denver Post is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Denver , Denver

28
22 27
Star Tribune is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Star Tribune Minneapolis , Minneapolis

29
13 16
The Plain Dealer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Plain Dealer Cleveland , Cleveland

30
8 10
St. Paul Pioneer Press is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
St. Paul Pioneer Press Wisconsin , Saint Paul

31
19 24
The Cincinnati Enquirer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati , Cincinnati

32
14 18
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Milwaukee , Milwaukee

33
6 8
Orlando Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Orlando Sentinel Orlando , Orlando

34
12 16
Christian Science Monitor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Christian Science Monitor

35
8 11
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Allegheny County , Pittsburgh

36
7 10
The Buffalo News is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Buffalo News Buffalo , Buffalo

37
7 10
Toledo Blade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
jschro1861 added Toledo Blade Toledo , Toledo

38
9 13
The Times-Picayune is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Times-Picayune New Orleans , New Orleans

39
16 22
The Arizona Republic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Arizona Republic Maricopa County , Phoenix

40
7 11
U-T San Diego is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
U-T San Diego San Diego , San Diego

41
8 13
Las Vegas Review-Journal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas , Las Vegas

42
4 8
The Detroit News is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Detroit313 added The Detroit News Detroit , Detroit

43
6 11
The Charlotte Observer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Charlotte Observer Charlotte , Charlotte

44
5 10
Sun-Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Sun-Sentinel Broward County , Florida

45
4 9
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Little Rock , Little Rock

46
7 13
The Tampa Tribune is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Tampa Tribune Tampa , Tampa

47
3 9
Waterloo Region Record is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Waterloo Region Record Kitchener , Kitchener

48
6 14
Fort Worth Star-Telegram is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tarrant County , Fort Worth

49
6 14
The Orange County Register is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Santa Ana , Santa Ana