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Culture The Best U.S. Newspapers  

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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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231 108
New York Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added New York Times

2
210 103
The Washington Post is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
United States of America , Washington, D.C.

3
185 91
The Wall Street Journal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Brooklyn , New York City

4
98 62
The Boston Globe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Boston , Boston

5
86 59
Los Angeles Times is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Los Angeles , Los Angeles

6
60 41
Chicago Tribune is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Cook County , Chicago

7
22 18
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Allegheny County , Pittsburgh

8
36 36
San Francisco Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco , San Francisco

9
70 80
USA Today is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
United States of America , McLean

10
40 46
The Dallas Morning News is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Dallas County , Dallas

11
20 22
Houston Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Houston Chronicle

12
28 32
The Denver Post is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Denver , Denver

13
23 26
The Seattle Times is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Seattle Times Washington , Washington

14
27 31
The Kansas City Star is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Kansas City , Kansas City

15
25 29
The Philadelphia Inquirer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia , Philadelphia

16
18 21
The Atlanta Journal-Constituti... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta , Dunwoody

17
26 31
Tampa Bay Times is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County , St. Petersburg

18
1 0
Greensboro News & Record is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Andrew D. Eskridge added Greensboro News & Record

19
21 25
The Cincinnati Enquirer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati , Cincinnati

20
25 30
St. Louis Post-Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis , St. Louis

21
25 30
The Baltimore Sun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Baltimore Sun Baltimore , Baltimore

22
36 44
Chicago Sun-Times is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Chicago Sun-Times Cook County , Chicago

23
28 34
The Oregonian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Oregonian Portland , Portland

24
24 29
Star Tribune is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Star Tribune Minneapolis , Minneapolis

25
35 43
San Jose Mercury News is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Jose , San Jose