Circ Gap Between Top U.S. Papers Widens In Latest FAS-FAX

USA TODAY’s circulation dropped another thirteen percent to land below 1.9 million, widening the gap between what was once America’s largest-circulation newspaper and the Wall Street Journal, which hit the top spot on the list six months ago.

Most of the top 25 papers saw circulation decrease—many seeing double-digit drops—but a few papers couldn’t really be classified: the San Jose Mercury News made it onto the top-25 list for the first time as it’s begun counting the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times in its circulation figure.

Editor & Publisher has ranked the top 25 newspapers by circulation, but again, we ranked them by percentage change. It’s interesting that there seems to be no correlation between the circulation drop in the last period (April-September 2009) and this period: some papers that lost a ton of subscribers last year, like the New York Post, are doing OK this year; other papers, like the Dallas Morning News, are still solidly in the double-digit drops.

Click the jump to see how far the biggest papers have fallen.

The Wall Street Journal 2,092,523 +0.5%
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times 278,888 -1.49%
The Oregonian 263,600 -1.83%
San Francisco Chronicle 249,630 -4.45%
New York Post 525,004 -5.94%
Star Tribune, Minneapolis 295,438 -7.71%
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland 267,888 -8.14%
The New York Times 951,063 -8.47%
Newsday 334,809 -9.07%
Chicago Tribune 452,145 -9.79%
The Arizona Republic 351,207 -9.88%
Daily News (New York) 535,059 -11.25%
Washington Post 578,482 -13.06%
Detroit Free Press 252,017 -13.31%
USA Today 1,826,622 -13.58%
Houston Chronicle 366,578 -13.77%
Chicago Sun-Times 268,803 -13.88%
Los Angeles Times 616,606 -14.74%
The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J. 236,017 -17.79%
The Dallas Morning News 260,659 -21.47%
San Diego Union-Tribune 241,330 -22.68%
The Denver Post*** 333,675 N/A
The Philadelphia Inquirer** 356,189 N/A
San Jose Mercury News* 516,701 N/A
The Seattle Times*** 263.468 N/A

* The Mercury News since 1/1/10 has made Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times editions of the daily.
**Philadelphia Daily News circ is now included as an edition of the Inquirer.
***In Seattle and Denver, joint operating agreement partners ceased publishing a print newspaper.