The U.S. Newspaper List was created by the research firm Nielsen to determine which of the best newspapers in the country are doing the best business. In 2020, The New York Times has been the top U.S. newspaper for seven years running, and it is expected to remain so for years to come. To see the full list of U.S. newspapers, click on the below link.

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Over at Slate.com, they have their own list of the Top 10 U.S. Newspapers. This is the fifth year that they have made this list and they are expecting it to be one of the top ten in the nation in the next few years.


Because of their top ten rankings from this year, the Sun-Times has been crowned the number one newspaper in the United States, breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest time period of continuous publication. Other contenders that made the list are the Houston Chronicle, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Daily News, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, The Florida Times-Union, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Amongst all of these, it is interesting to see that just like in the past few years, USA Today remains one of the top three for several years. After a long break, USA Today is once again among the top contenders, but this year it falls just short of beating the Los Angeles Times which was ranked as the number one newspaper in the world for two years in a row.

Readers are in love with the digital editions of newspapers; they just seem to work better. The New York Times continues to top a lot of list of the most read newspapers in the world, and of course the Wall Street Journal is widely respected and trusted for its journalistic prowess.

Top Ten being what it is, you have to put the Chicago Tribune up there as well. The newspaper is published locally, but it continues to grow throughout the year and makes it one of the top ten newspapers. Other contenders include the San Diego Union Tribune, The Detroit News, The Daily News, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Chicago Sun-Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Vancouver Sun, The Daily of Danbury, Connecticut.

Other than the aforementioned papers, the online versions of the U.S. Newspapers are not getting the attention they deserve. The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, and USA Today are all very respected and are regularly the first ones on the pages of the newspaper.

Their list also includes the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Arizona Republic, the Chicago Tribune, and the Tampa Bay Times. This is truly impressive considering they are all real newspapers.

This list is not necessarily the best in the country. But it does show that local newspapers continue to grow and continue to gain ground over their online counterparts.

The Phoenix New Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Columbus Dispatch, and Houston Chronicle also make the list. Of course, we do not just forget the New York Times.

It appears that the old saying, “all publicity is good publicity” is a good motto for newspapers everywhere. Online journals will also find their own lists and make the most of them.

Whether it’s listed first or last, it doesn’t matter. It’s all a matter of quality.