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America's 100 most popular magazines

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America's 100 most popular magazines

Since the 17th century, magazines have played a key role in the spread of information and selling of goods. Long before readers were introduced to marketing efforts like perfume sample pages and advertorials, there was a 1660s German circulatory called “Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen.” And before Vogue was even a twinkle in Conde Nast’s eye, there was “Harper’s Magazine,” the oldest general interest monthly magazine in the United States.

In 2018, print has lost much of its influence to the digital landscape. There are still plenty of magazines in wide circulation, however, catering to a diverse readership. There’s a publication out there for gamers, gourmets, important business people, and even Oprah-worshippers—you need only look to find features, human interest stories, recipes, hacks, and anything else that might grab your attention.

Each of those magazines, along with many more you may not have heard of, has a place on this list of America’s 100 most popular magazines. To create this ranking, Stacker pulled data from Alliance for Audited Media’s Snapshot Report. This data represents the average paid, verified circulation for a six-month period ending on June 30, 2018.

So put down your copy of Food & Wine or Car and Driver, and read on to find out which magazines the rest of the country loves flipping through.

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Bonnier

#100. Outdoor Life

Total paid circulation: 600,817

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Bloomberg Businessweek

#99. Bloomberg Businessweek

Total paid circulation: 614,270

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Kiplinger

#98. Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Total paid circulation: 625,685

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Ducks Unlimited

#97. Ducks Unlimited

Total paid circulation: 631,810

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American Legion

#96. American Legion Auxiliary

Total paid circulation: 650,261

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Meredith

#95. Coastal Living

Total paid circulation: 656,684

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Hearst

#94. Runners World

Total paid circulation: 663,764

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The Arthritis Foundation

#93. Arthritis Today

Total paid circulation: 666,752

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Trusted Media Brands

#92. Reminisce

Total paid circulation: 674,430

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Life Time Inc

#91. Experience Life

Total paid circulation: 677,197

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Forbes

#90. Forbes

Total paid circulation: 682,882

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Mariah Media

#89. Outside

Total paid circulation: 694,933

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Mansueto Ventures

#88. Inc.

Total paid circulation: 713,860

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Mansueto Ventures

#87. Fast Company

Total paid circulation: 720,302

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Meredith

#86. Fortune (North America)

Total paid circulation: 752,202

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Hearst

#85. Harpers Bazaar

Total paid circulation: 755,921

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Hearst

#84. Esquire

Total paid circulation: 759,222

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AMI

#83. Star

Total paid circulation: 764,144

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Boy Scouts of America

#82. Scouting

Total paid circulation: 798,491

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Bauer

#81. Woman's World

Total paid circulation: 801,684

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This Old House Ventures

#80. This Old House

Total paid circulation: 810,778

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Hearst

#79. House Beautiful

Total paid circulation: 811,264

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Condé Nast

#78. Conde Nast Traveler

Total paid circulation: 819,001

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Condé Nast

#77. Architectural Digest

Total paid circulation: 819,396

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Bonnier

#76. Field And Stream

Total paid circulation: 819,419

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Boy Scouts of America

#75. Boys' Life

Total paid circulation: 846,554

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Bauer

#74. First For Women

Total paid circulation: 857,826

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Condé Nast

#73. Wired

Total paid circulation: 879,522

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Meredith

#72. Traditional Home

Total paid circulation: 886,774

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National Rifle Association

#71. American Hunter

Total paid circulation: 890,248

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Bonnier

#70. Popular Science

Total paid circulation: 899,437

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Condé Nast

#69. GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly)

Total paid circulation: 929,394

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Meredith

#68. Food & Wine

Total paid circulation: 936,062

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Meredith

#67. Travel + Leisure

Total paid circulation: 955,383

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Meredith

#66. Midwest Living

Total paid circulation: 956,454

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Meredith

#65. Food & Family

Total paid circulation: 1,002,240

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The Enthusiast Network

#64. Motor Trend

Total paid circulation: 1,006,314

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Hearst

#63. Marie Claire

Total paid circulation: 1,007,363

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Meredith

#62. EatingWell

Total paid circulation: 1,013,459

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VFW

#61. VFW Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,036,697

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Essence Communications

#60. Essence

Total paid circulation: 1,073,717

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Trusted Media Brands

#59. Birds And Blooms

Total paid circulation: 1,085,665

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Hearst

#58. Popular Mechanics

Total paid circulation: 1,112,844

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Hearst

#57. Elle

Total paid circulation: 1,117,673

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Weight Watchers

#56. Weight Watchers

Total paid circulation: 1,121,820

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Condé Nast

#55. Allure

Total paid circulation: 1,191,856

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Hearst

#54. Car and Driver

Total paid circulation: 1,212,174

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Trusted Media Brands

#53. The Family Handyman

Total paid circulation: 1,223,711

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Condé Nast

#52. Vogue

Total paid circulation: 1,231,650

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Condé Nast

#51. Vanity Fair

Total paid circulation: 1,236,446

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AMI

#50. Men's Journal

Total paid circulation: 1,237,599

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Sunset Media Holdings LLC

#49. Sunset

Total paid circulation: 1,268,196

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Condé Nast

#48. The New Yorker

Total paid circulation: 1,269,055

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#47. Rolling Stone

Total paid circulation: 1,272,976

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Meredith

#46. The Magnolia Journal

Total paid circulation: 1,282,352

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NTVB Media

#45. TV Guide Magazine (U.S.)

Total paid circulation: 1,283,701

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Guideposts

#44. Guideposts

Total paid circulation: 1,303,145

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Hearst

#43. HGTV Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,328,334

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Meredith

#42. Health

Total paid circulation: 1,361,089

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Hearst

#41. Country Living

Total paid circulation: 1,378,889

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EB Golf Media

#40. Golf Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,413,862

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Meredith

#39. Allrecipes

Total paid circulation: 1,417,529

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Meredith

#38. Entertainment Weekly

Total paid circulation: 1,511,269

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Condé Nast

#37. Bon Appetit

Total paid circulation: 1,513,658

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Hearst

#36. Women's Health

Total paid circulation: 1,543,222

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Meredith

#35. Money

Total paid circulation: 1,606,113

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Condé Nast

#34. Golf Digest

Total paid circulation: 1,642,049

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Meredith

#33. In Style

Total paid circulation: 1,708,509

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Meredith

#32. Rachael Ray Every Day

Total paid circulation: 1,718,511

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Hearst

#31. Food Network Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,760,721

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Meredith

#30. Cooking Light

Total paid circulation: 1,780,148

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Smithsonian Institute

#29. Smithsonian

Total paid circulation: 1,808,770

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Hearst

#28. Men's Health

Total paid circulation: 1,825,164

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The American Legion

#27. The American Legion

Total paid circulation: 1,859,529

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National Rifle Association

#26. American Rifleman

Total paid circulation: 1,891,046

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Hearst

#25. Seventeen

Total paid circulation: 1,901,924

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AMI

#24. Us Weekly

Total paid circulation: 1,964,332

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Meredith

#23. Real Simple

Total paid circulation: 1,984,532

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Meredith

#22. Parents

Total paid circulation: 2,064,665

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Meredith

#21. Martha Stewart Living

Total paid circulation: 2,064,993

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Trusted Media Brands

#20. Taste Of Home

Total paid circulation: 2,080,735

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Hearst

#19. Redbook

Total paid circulation: 2,109,366

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ESPN

#18. ESPN magazine

Total paid circulation: 2,144,483

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Condé Nast

#17. Glamour

Total paid circulation: 2,303,374

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Meredith

#16. Time

Total paid circulation: 2,348,566

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Hearst

#15. The Oprah Magazine

Total paid circulation: 2,381,944

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Meredith

#14. Shape

Total paid circulation: 2,544,949

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Trusted Media Brands

#13. Readers Digest

Total paid circulation: 2,701,972

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National Geographic Society

#12. National Geographic

Total paid circulation: 2,720,313

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Meredith

#11. Sports Illustrated

Total paid circulation: 2,763,966

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Meredith

#10. Southern Living

Total paid circulation: 2,823,644

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Hearst

#9. Cosmopolitan

Total paid circulation: 3,040,285

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Hearst

#8. Woman's Day

Total paid circulation: 3,255,790

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Meredith

#7. People

Total paid circulation: 3,423,322

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Meredith

#6. Family Circle

Total paid circulation: 4,018,288

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Hearst

#5. Good Housekeeping

Total paid circulation: 4,311,679

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Game Informer

#4. Game Informer

Total paid circulation: 7,137,476

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Meredith

#3. Better Homes & Gardens

Total paid circulation: 7,645,902

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AARP

#2. AARP Bulletin

Total paid circulation: 23,475,727

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AARP

#1. AARP The Magazine

Total paid circulation: 24,099,602

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