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Falls Church, Virgina "Harry-est" Town in USA Says Amazon

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Posted by: sue
July 16, 2007, 03:45 PM

Amazon has now released the final results of the town who has pre-ordered the most copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The winner is Falls Church, Virgina (located outside of Washington DC, with a population of just over 11,000), beating out “Gig Harbor, Wash., and two other Virginia towns-Fairfax and Vienna- with Katy, Texas rounding out the top five. Media, Pa.; Issaquah, Wash.; Snohomish, Wash.; Doylestown, Pa.; and Fairport, N.Y.” As a result, is donating ” a $5,000 gift certificate to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust of Falls Church.”

“We are honored to win the Harry-est Town in America title,” said City of Falls Church Mayor Robin S. Gardner. “Our small-town community places great importance on education and reading, and it’s no surprise that we have a wealth of Harry Potter fans of all ages. We’re grateful to for this generous gift that will further encourage the value of books and imagination in our community.”

To determine a winner, the online retailer choose a town where pre-orders of the last Harry Potter novel were based on sales per capita and “used the most recent U.S. Census data and included all U.S. towns and cities with a population of more than 5,000 people.” A full list of the states can be found here, and the cities in this competition, here.

Amazon has stated that over 2 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have been pre-sold world wide with just a week to go before the release

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