Great Lakes Independent 
Booksellers Association

What makes this The Third Coast is not just the waves of water on our Great Lakes or the waves of grain in our fields, but the excellent booksellers and the concentration of strong markets that are found in the region. Of the top 100 population centers in the US, the GLBA contains eleven, including Chicago (#3), Detroit (#11), Cincinnati (#24), Cleveland (#26), and  Indianapolis (#34). Association membership numbers declined in the mid-90s, as elsewhere in the country, but the booksellers who remain are a savvier group, committed to making their way in this business they love. For example, GLBA members are participating in both BookSense marketing and at a higher rate than our proportional share of ABA memberships.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau in July 2010, over half the country’s population, 51 percent to be exact, is concentrated in ten states. Of these ten, three of them lie in the Midwest: Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. Together, with Indiana, these four states hold approximately 13% of the U.S. population. Economically speaking, these four states represented also approximately 12% of the U.S. Gross State Product. To us, these numbers speak volumes about the impact and importance the Great Lakes region has on the course of our country’s future, and only strengthens the idea of the Third Coast.

The Statistics

July 1, 2010 Population Estimates
US: 308,745,538
IL: 12,830,632
OH: 11,536,504
MI: 9,883,640
IN: 6,428,802

*According to The U.S. Census Bureau

Region contains  13% of U.S. population

2009 Gross State Product (millions of current dollars)

United States Total Gross State Product: 14,256,000
Illinois: 630,398 (5)
Indiana: 262,647 (17)
Michigan: 368,401 (12)
Ohio: 471,264 (8)

*According to The United States Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (June 2001)
Region contains  of the Gross National ProductRegion contains  8%of the Gross National Product

ABA Independent Bookstores
United States: 1720
Michigan: 61
Illinois: 71
Ohio: 44
Indiana: 24

*According to The American Booksellers Association
Region contains 12% of ABA Independent Bookstores in the U.S

Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association
2113 Roosevelt, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
 (734) 340-6397

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