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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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73 19
New York Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added New York Times

2
77 36
The Washington Post is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers

3
71 37
The Wall Street Journal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Wall Street Journal Brooklyn , New York City

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37 23
The Boston Globe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Boston Globe Boston , Boston

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38 26
Los Angeles Times is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles , Los Angeles

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19 10
Chicago Tribune is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Chicago Tribune Cook County , Chicago

7
21 12
San Jose Mercury News is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Jose Mercury News San Jose , San Jose

8
26 18
The Dallas Morning News is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Dallas Morning News Dallas County , Dallas

9
39 34
USA Today is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers

10
14 9
San Francisco Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
San Francisco Chronicle

11
23 18
Chicago Sun-Times is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Chicago Sun-Times

12
19 14
The Oregonian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Oregonian

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13 8
Detroit Free Press is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers

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13 9
The Cincinnati Enquirer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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13 9
St. Louis Post-Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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12 8
The Kansas City Star is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Kansas City Star Kansas City , Kansas City

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7 3
Christian Science Monitor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Christian Science Monitor

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17 14
The Denver Post is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers

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15 13
The Miami Herald is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Miami Herald Latin America , Miami

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14 12
The Arizona Republic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Arizona Republic

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14 12
The Philadelphia Inquirer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Philadelphia Inquirer

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13 11
Tampa Bay Times is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Tampa Bay Times

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9 8
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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6 5
The Columbus Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Columbus Dispatch

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5 4
The Atlanta Journal-Constituti... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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5 4
The Baltimore Sun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Baltimore Sun

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4 3
Houston Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
News Hawker added Houston Chronicle

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13 13
Star Tribune is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Star Tribune

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6 6
The Orange County Register is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers

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5 5
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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5 5
Fort Worth Star-Telegram is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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6 7
The Plain Dealer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Plain Dealer

33
6 7
The Tampa Tribune is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Tampa Tribune

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4 5
St. Paul Pioneer Press is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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3 4
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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3 4
Toledo Blade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
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3 4
Waterloo Region Record is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Waterloo Region Record

38
1 2
The Detroit News is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Detroit313 added The Detroit News

39
6 8
The Sacramento Bee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Sacramento Bee

40
4 6
U-T San Diego is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
U-T San Diego

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4 6
The Star-Ledger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Star-Ledger

42
4 6
The Buffalo News is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Buffalo News

43
4 6
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

44
7 10
The Seattle Times is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Seattle Times

45
4 7
Las Vegas Review-Journal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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3 6
Sun-Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Sun-Sentinel

47
3 6
The Charlotte Observer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Charlotte Observer

48
2 5
Orlando Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
Orlando Sentinel

49
5 9
The Times-Picayune is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Newspapers
The Times-Picayune