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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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175 79
The Washington Post is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
United States of America , Washington, D.C.

2
174 79
New York Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added New York Times

3
150 76
The Wall Street Journal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Brooklyn , New York City

4
81 47
The Boston Globe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Boston , Boston

5
68 50
Los Angeles Times is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Los Angeles , Los Angeles

6
49 33
Chicago Tribune is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Cook County , Chicago

7
21 21
The Baltimore Sun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Baltimore Sun Baltimore , Baltimore

8
13 12
The Atlanta Journal-Constituti... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta , Dunwoody

9
60 67
USA Today is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
United States of America , McLean

10
21 22
The Kansas City Star is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Kansas City , Kansas City

11
12 12
Houston Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Houston Chronicle

12
33 37
San Jose Mercury News is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Jose , San Jose

13
21 23
Tampa Bay Times is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County , St. Petersburg

14
20 22
The Philadelphia Inquirer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia , Philadelphia

15
24 27
San Francisco Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco , San Francisco

16
16 18
The Seattle Times is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Seattle Times Washington , Washington

17
20 23
The Miami Herald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Latin America , Miami

18
33 39
Chicago Sun-Times is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Chicago Sun-Times Cook County , Chicago

19
19 22
St. Louis Post-Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis , St. Louis

20
19 22
The Cincinnati Enquirer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati , Cincinnati

21
32 38
The Dallas Morning News is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Dallas County , Dallas

22
13 15
The Plain Dealer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Plain Dealer Cleveland , Cleveland

23
22 26
The Denver Post is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Denver , Denver

24
22 26
Star Tribune is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Star Tribune Minneapolis , Minneapolis

25
8 9
St. Paul Pioneer Press is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
St. Paul Pioneer Press Wisconsin , Saint Paul

26
12 14
Christian Science Monitor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Christian Science Monitor

27
20 24
Detroit Free Press is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Detroit , Detroit

28
11 13
The Columbus Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Columbus Dispatch Columbus , Columbus

29
11 13
The Sacramento Bee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Sacramento Bee Sacramento County , Sacramento

30
24 29
The Oregonian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Oregonian Portland , Portland

31
10 12
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Allegheny County , Pittsburgh

32
14 17
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Milwaukee , Milwaukee

33
8 10
The Star-Ledger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Star-Ledger Middlesex County , Newark

34
8 10
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Allegheny County , Pittsburgh

35
7 9
Toledo Blade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
jschro1861 added Toledo Blade Toledo , Toledo

36
7 9
The Buffalo News is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Buffalo News Buffalo , Buffalo

37
16 21
The Arizona Republic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Arizona Republic Maricopa County , Phoenix

38
5 8
Orlando Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Orlando Sentinel Orlando , Orlando

39
4 7
The Detroit News is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Detroit313 added The Detroit News Detroit , Detroit

40
8 13
The Times-Picayune is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Times-Picayune New Orleans , New Orleans

41
7 12
The Tampa Tribune is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Tampa Tribune Tampa , Tampa

42
6 11
U-T San Diego is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
U-T San Diego San Diego , San Diego

43
7 13
Las Vegas Review-Journal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas , Las Vegas

44
3 8
Waterloo Region Record is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Waterloo Region Record Kitchener , Kitchener

45
3 8
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Little Rock , Little Rock

46
5 11
The Charlotte Observer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Charlotte Observer Charlotte , Charlotte

47
4 10
Sun-Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Sun-Sentinel Broward County , Florida

48
6 13
The Orange County Register is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Santa Ana , Santa Ana

49
5 13
Fort Worth Star-Telegram is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tarrant County , Fort Worth