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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
    2/ Bonnier

    #100. Outdoor Life

    Total paid circulation: 600,817

  • Bloomberg Businessweek
    3/ Bloomberg Businessweek

    #99. Bloomberg Businessweek

    Total paid circulation: 614,270

  • Kiplinger
    4/ Kiplinger

    #98. Kiplinger's Personal Finance

    Total paid circulation: 625,685

  • Ducks Unlimited
    5/ Ducks Unlimited

    #97. Ducks Unlimited

    Total paid circulation: 631,810

  • American Legion
    6/ American Legion

    #96. American Legion Auxiliary

    Total paid circulation: 650,261

  • Meredith
    7/ Meredith

    #95. Coastal Living

    Total paid circulation: 656,684

  • Hearst
    8/ Hearst

    #94. Runners World

    Total paid circulation: 663,764

  • The Arthritis Foundation
    9/ The Arthritis Foundation

    #93. Arthritis Today

    Total paid circulation: 666,752

  • Trusted Media Brands
    10/ Trusted Media Brands

    #92. Reminisce

    Total paid circulation: 674,430

  • Life Time Inc
    11/ Life Time Inc

    #91. Experience Life

    Total paid circulation: 677,197

  • Forbes
    12/ Forbes

    #90. Forbes

    Total paid circulation: 682,882

  • Mariah Media
    13/ Mariah Media

    #89. Outside

    Total paid circulation: 694,933

  • Mansueto Ventures
    14/ Mansueto Ventures

    #88. Inc.

    Total paid circulation: 713,860

  • Mansueto Ventures
    15/ Mansueto Ventures

    #87. Fast Company

    Total paid circulation: 720,302

  • Meredith
    16/ Meredith

    #86. Fortune (North America)

    Total paid circulation: 752,202

  • Hearst
    17/ Hearst

    #85. Harpers Bazaar

    Total paid circulation: 755,921

  • Hearst
    18/ Hearst

    #84. Esquire

    Total paid circulation: 759,222

  • AMI
    19/ AMI

    #83. Star

    Total paid circulation: 764,144

  • Boy Scouts of America
    20/ Boy Scouts of America

    #82. Scouting

    Total paid circulation: 798,491

  • Bauer
    21/ Bauer

    #81. Woman's World

    Total paid circulation: 801,684

  • This Old House Ventures
    22/ This Old House Ventures

    #80. This Old House

    Total paid circulation: 810,778

  • Hearst
    23/ Hearst

    #79. House Beautiful

    Total paid circulation: 811,264

  • Condé Nast
    24/ Condé Nast

    #78. Conde Nast Traveler

    Total paid circulation: 819,001

  • Condé Nast
    25/ Condé Nast

    #77. Architectural Digest

    Total paid circulation: 819,396

  • Bonnier
    26/ Bonnier

    #76. Field And Stream

    Total paid circulation: 819,419

  • Boy Scouts of America
    27/ Boy Scouts of America

    #75. Boys' Life

    Total paid circulation: 846,554

  • Bauer
    28/ Bauer

    #74. First For Women

    Total paid circulation: 857,826

  • Condé Nast
    29/ Condé Nast

    #73. Wired

    Total paid circulation: 879,522

  • Meredith
    30/ Meredith

    #72. Traditional Home

    Total paid circulation: 886,774

  • National Rifle Association
    31/ National Rifle Association

    #71. American Hunter

    Total paid circulation: 890,248

  • Bonnier
    32/ Bonnier

    #70. Popular Science

    Total paid circulation: 899,437

  • Condé Nast
    33/ Condé Nast

    #69. GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly)

    Total paid circulation: 929,394

  • Meredith
    34/ Meredith

    #68. Food & Wine

    Total paid circulation: 936,062

  • Meredith
    35/ Meredith

    #67. Travel + Leisure

    Total paid circulation: 955,383

  • Meredith
    36/ Meredith

    #66. Midwest Living

    Total paid circulation: 956,454

  • Meredith
    37/ Meredith

    #65. Food & Family

    Total paid circulation: 1,002,240

  • The Enthusiast Network
    38/ The Enthusiast Network

    #64. Motor Trend

    Total paid circulation: 1,006,314

  • Hearst
    39/ Hearst

    #63. Marie Claire

    Total paid circulation: 1,007,363

  • Meredith
    40/ Meredith

    #62. EatingWell

    Total paid circulation: 1,013,459

  • VFW
    41/ VFW

    #61. VFW Magazine

    Total paid circulation: 1,036,697

  • Essence Communications
    42/ Essence Communications

    #60. Essence

    Total paid circulation: 1,073,717

  • Trusted Media Brands
    43/ Trusted Media Brands

    #59. Birds And Blooms

    Total paid circulation: 1,085,665

  • Hearst
    44/ Hearst

    #58. Popular Mechanics

    Total paid circulation: 1,112,844

  • Hearst
    45/ Hearst

    #57. Elle

    Total paid circulation: 1,117,673

  • Weight Watchers
    46/ Weight Watchers

    #56. Weight Watchers

    Total paid circulation: 1,121,820

  • Condé Nast
    47/ Condé Nast

    #55. Allure

    Total paid circulation: 1,191,856

  • Hearst
    48/ Hearst

    #54. Car and Driver

    Total paid circulation: 1,212,174

  • Trusted Media Brands
    49/ Trusted Media Brands

    #53. The Family Handyman

    Total paid circulation: 1,223,711

  • Condé Nast
    50/ Condé Nast

    #52. Vogue

    Total paid circulation: 1,231,650

  • Condé Nast
    51/ Condé Nast

    #51. Vanity Fair

    Total paid circulation: 1,236,446

  • AMI
    52/ AMI

    #50. Men's Journal

    Total paid circulation: 1,237,599

  • Sunset Media Holdings LLC
    53/ Sunset Media Holdings LLC

    #49. Sunset

    Total paid circulation: 1,268,196

  • Condé Nast
    54/ 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

  • Meredith
    56/ Meredith

    #46. The Magnolia Journal

    Total paid circulation: 1,282,352

  • NTVB Media
    57/ NTVB Media

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

    Total paid circulation: 1,283,701

  • Guideposts
    58/ Guideposts

    #44. Guideposts

    Total paid circulation: 1,303,145

  • Hearst
    59/ Hearst

    #43. HGTV Magazine

    Total paid circulation: 1,328,334

  • Meredith
    60/ Meredith

    #42. Health

    Total paid circulation: 1,361,089

  • Hearst
    61/ Hearst

    #41. Country Living

    Total paid circulation: 1,378,889

  • EB Golf Media
    62/ EB Golf Media

    #40. Golf Magazine

    Total paid circulation: 1,413,862

  • Meredith
    63/ Meredith

    #39. Allrecipes

    Total paid circulation: 1,417,529

  • Meredith
    64/ Meredith

    #38. Entertainment Weekly

    Total paid circulation: 1,511,269

  • Condé Nast
    65/ Condé Nast

    #37. Bon Appetit

    Total paid circulation: 1,513,658

  • Hearst
    66/ Hearst

    #36. Women's Health

    Total paid circulation: 1,543,222

  • Meredith
    67/ Meredith

    #35. Money

    Total paid circulation: 1,606,113

  • Condé Nast
    68/ Condé Nast

    #34. Golf Digest

    Total paid circulation: 1,642,049

  • Meredith
    69/ Meredith

    #33. In Style

    Total paid circulation: 1,708,509

  • Meredith
    70/ Meredith

    #32. Rachael Ray Every Day

    Total paid circulation: 1,718,511

  • Hearst
    71/ Hearst

    #31. Food Network Magazine

    Total paid circulation: 1,760,721

  • Meredith
    72/ Meredith

    #30. Cooking Light

    Total paid circulation: 1,780,148

  • Smithsonian Institute
    73/ Smithsonian Institute

    #29. Smithsonian

    Total paid circulation: 1,808,770

  • Hearst
    74/ Hearst

    #28. Men's Health

    Total paid circulation: 1,825,164

  • The American Legion
    75/ The American Legion

    #27. The American Legion

    Total paid circulation: 1,859,529

  • National Rifle Association
    76/ National Rifle Association

    #26. American Rifleman

    Total paid circulation: 1,891,046

  • Hearst
    77/ Hearst

    #25. Seventeen

    Total paid circulation: 1,901,924

  • AMI
    78/ AMI

    #24. Us Weekly

    Total paid circulation: 1,964,332

  • Meredith
    79/ Meredith

    #23. Real Simple

    Total paid circulation: 1,984,532

  • Meredith
    80/ Meredith

    #22. Parents

    Total paid circulation: 2,064,665

  • Meredith
    81/ Meredith

    #21. Martha Stewart Living

    Total paid circulation: 2,064,993

  • Trusted Media Brands
    82/ Trusted Media Brands

    #20. Taste Of Home

    Total paid circulation: 2,080,735

  • Hearst
    83/ Hearst

    #19. Redbook

    Total paid circulation: 2,109,366

  • ESPN
    84/ ESPN

    #18. ESPN magazine

    Total paid circulation: 2,144,483

  • Condé Nast
    85/ Condé Nast

    #17. Glamour

    Total paid circulation: 2,303,374

  • Meredith
    86/ Meredith

    #16. Time

    Total paid circulation: 2,348,566

  • Hearst
    87/ Hearst

    #15. The Oprah Magazine

    Total paid circulation: 2,381,944

  • Meredith
    88/ Meredith

    #14. Shape

    Total paid circulation: 2,544,949

  • Trusted Media Brands
    89/ Trusted Media Brands

    #13. Readers Digest

    Total paid circulation: 2,701,972

  • National Geographic Society
    90/ National Geographic Society

    #12. National Geographic

    Total paid circulation: 2,720,313

  • Meredith
    91/ Meredith

    #11. Sports Illustrated

    Total paid circulation: 2,763,966

  • Meredith
    92/ Meredith

    #10. Southern Living

    Total paid circulation: 2,823,644

  • Hearst
    93/ Hearst

    #9. Cosmopolitan

    Total paid circulation: 3,040,285

  • Hearst
    94/ Hearst

    #8. Woman's Day

    Total paid circulation: 3,255,790

  • Meredith
    95/ Meredith

    #7. People

    Total paid circulation: 3,423,322

  • Meredith
    96/ Meredith

    #6. Family Circle

    Total paid circulation: 4,018,288

  • Hearst
    97/ Hearst

    #5. Good Housekeeping

    Total paid circulation: 4,311,679

  • Game Informer
    98/ Game Informer

    #4. Game Informer

    Total paid circulation: 7,137,476

  • Meredith
    99/ Meredith

    #3. Better Homes & Gardens

    Total paid circulation: 7,645,902

  • AARP
    100/ AARP

    #2. AARP Bulletin

    Total paid circulation: 23,475,727

  • AARP
    101/ AARP

    #1. AARP The Magazine

    Total paid circulation: 24,099,602

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