City Desk

Maybe the Washington Post Should Move to the Suburbs After All

Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth hinted last month that her paper, which is considering putting its downtown home up for sale, might head out of D.C. This could be a ploy to get tax breaks from the D.C. government, but if it's not, where should the Post move?

As a fictional Deep Throat once urged a fictional Bob Woodward, follow the money. Using the paper's 2012 circulation figures, let's find out which future Post jurisdiction would put the paper's headquarters close to the most readers.

4. Prince George's County – 57,425 daily circulation.

3. The District of Columbia – 81,040 daily circulation.

Of course, staying in Washington will hardly spook the D.C. Council. Moving along...

2. Montgomery County - 109,006 daily circulation.

At about 109,000 readers, the Post claims an impressive 31 percent coverage rate in Montgomery County. But it still can't beat:

1. Fairfax County -  119,915 daily circulation.

Wild and woolly Fairfax County emerges victorious in the Poststakes. Just watch out for Fairfax Man.

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  1. #1

    Aren't there a lot more people in Montgomery and Fairfax than there are in DC? Like a lot more? Maybe more accurate would be a percentage of household subscribers by area

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    The writing, printing and distribution center are already up and running. What difference does it make where things are compiled and then produced. DC is in the middle of all the counties you mentioned, so why not stay put? What is your reasoning behind the suggestion?

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