America's 100 most popular magazines

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September 10, 2018
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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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1 / 100
Bonnier

#100. Outdoor Life

Total paid circulation: 600,817

2 / 100
Bloomberg Businessweek

#99. Bloomberg Businessweek

Total paid circulation: 614,270

3 / 100
Kiplinger

#98. Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Total paid circulation: 625,685

4 / 100
Ducks Unlimited

#97. Ducks Unlimited

Total paid circulation: 631,810

5 / 100
American Legion

#96. American Legion Auxiliary

Total paid circulation: 650,261

6 / 100
Meredith

#95. Coastal Living

Total paid circulation: 656,684

7 / 100
Hearst

#94. Runners World

Total paid circulation: 663,764

8 / 100
The Arthritis Foundation

#93. Arthritis Today

Total paid circulation: 666,752

9 / 100
Trusted Media Brands

#92. Reminisce

Total paid circulation: 674,430

10 / 100
Life Time Inc

#91. Experience Life

Total paid circulation: 677,197

11 / 100
Forbes

#90. Forbes

Total paid circulation: 682,882

12 / 100
Mariah Media

#89. Outside

Total paid circulation: 694,933

13 / 100
Mansueto Ventures

#88. Inc.

Total paid circulation: 713,860

14 / 100
Mansueto Ventures

#87. Fast Company

Total paid circulation: 720,302

15 / 100
Meredith

#86. Fortune (North America)

Total paid circulation: 752,202

16 / 100
Hearst

#85. Harpers Bazaar

Total paid circulation: 755,921

17 / 100
Hearst

#84. Esquire

Total paid circulation: 759,222

18 / 100
AMI

#83. Star

Total paid circulation: 764,144

19 / 100
Boy Scouts of America

#82. Scouting

Total paid circulation: 798,491

20 / 100
Bauer

#81. Woman's World

Total paid circulation: 801,684

21 / 100
This Old House Ventures

#80. This Old House

Total paid circulation: 810,778

22 / 100
Hearst

#79. House Beautiful

Total paid circulation: 811,264

23 / 100
Condé Nast

#78. Conde Nast Traveler

Total paid circulation: 819,001

24 / 100
Condé Nast

#77. Architectural Digest

Total paid circulation: 819,396

25 / 100
Bonnier

#76. Field And Stream

Total paid circulation: 819,419

26 / 100
Boy Scouts of America

#75. Boys' Life

Total paid circulation: 846,554

27 / 100
Bauer

#74. First For Women

Total paid circulation: 857,826

28 / 100
Condé Nast

#73. Wired

Total paid circulation: 879,522

29 / 100
Meredith

#72. Traditional Home

Total paid circulation: 886,774

30 / 100
National Rifle Association

#71. American Hunter

Total paid circulation: 890,248

31 / 100
Bonnier

#70. Popular Science

Total paid circulation: 899,437

32 / 100
Condé Nast

#69. GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly)

Total paid circulation: 929,394

33 / 100
Meredith

#68. Food & Wine

Total paid circulation: 936,062

34 / 100
Meredith

#67. Travel + Leisure

Total paid circulation: 955,383

35 / 100
Meredith

#66. Midwest Living

Total paid circulation: 956,454

36 / 100
Meredith

#65. Food & Family

Total paid circulation: 1,002,240

37 / 100
The Enthusiast Network

#64. Motor Trend

Total paid circulation: 1,006,314

38 / 100
Hearst

#63. Marie Claire

Total paid circulation: 1,007,363

39 / 100
Meredith

#62. EatingWell

Total paid circulation: 1,013,459

40 / 100
VFW

#61. VFW Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,036,697

41 / 100
Essence Communications

#60. Essence

Total paid circulation: 1,073,717

42 / 100
Trusted Media Brands

#59. Birds And Blooms

Total paid circulation: 1,085,665

43 / 100
Hearst

#58. Popular Mechanics

Total paid circulation: 1,112,844

44 / 100
Hearst

#57. Elle

Total paid circulation: 1,117,673

45 / 100
Weight Watchers

#56. Weight Watchers

Total paid circulation: 1,121,820

46 / 100
Condé Nast

#55. Allure

Total paid circulation: 1,191,856

47 / 100
Hearst

#54. Car and Driver

Total paid circulation: 1,212,174

48 / 100
Trusted Media Brands

#53. The Family Handyman

Total paid circulation: 1,223,711

49 / 100
Condé Nast

#52. Vogue

Total paid circulation: 1,231,650

50 / 100
Condé Nast

#51. Vanity Fair

Total paid circulation: 1,236,446

51 / 100
AMI

#50. Men's Journal

Total paid circulation: 1,237,599

52 / 100
Sunset Media Holdings LLC

#49. Sunset

Total paid circulation: 1,268,196

53 / 100
Condé Nast

#48. The New Yorker

Total paid circulation: 1,269,055

54 / 100
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#47. Rolling Stone

Total paid circulation: 1,272,976

55 / 100
Meredith

#46. The Magnolia Journal

Total paid circulation: 1,282,352

56 / 100
NTVB Media

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

Total paid circulation: 1,283,701

57 / 100
Guideposts

#44. Guideposts

Total paid circulation: 1,303,145

58 / 100
Hearst

#43. HGTV Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,328,334

59 / 100
Meredith

#42. Health

Total paid circulation: 1,361,089

60 / 100
Hearst

#41. Country Living

Total paid circulation: 1,378,889

61 / 100
EB Golf Media

#40. Golf Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,413,862

62 / 100
Meredith

#39. Allrecipes

Total paid circulation: 1,417,529

63 / 100
Meredith

#38. Entertainment Weekly

Total paid circulation: 1,511,269

64 / 100
Condé Nast

#37. Bon Appetit

Total paid circulation: 1,513,658

65 / 100
Hearst

#36. Women's Health

Total paid circulation: 1,543,222

66 / 100
Meredith

#35. Money

Total paid circulation: 1,606,113

67 / 100
Condé Nast

#34. Golf Digest

Total paid circulation: 1,642,049

68 / 100
Meredith

#33. In Style

Total paid circulation: 1,708,509

69 / 100
Meredith

#32. Rachael Ray Every Day

Total paid circulation: 1,718,511

70 / 100
Hearst

#31. Food Network Magazine

Total paid circulation: 1,760,721

71 / 100
Meredith

#30. Cooking Light

Total paid circulation: 1,780,148

72 / 100
Smithsonian Institute

#29. Smithsonian

Total paid circulation: 1,808,770

73 / 100
Hearst

#28. Men's Health

Total paid circulation: 1,825,164

74 / 100
The American Legion

#27. The American Legion

Total paid circulation: 1,859,529

75 / 100
National Rifle Association

#26. American Rifleman

Total paid circulation: 1,891,046

76 / 100
Hearst

#25. Seventeen

Total paid circulation: 1,901,924

77 / 100
AMI

#24. Us Weekly

Total paid circulation: 1,964,332

78 / 100
Meredith

#23. Real Simple

Total paid circulation: 1,984,532

79 / 100
Meredith

#22. Parents

Total paid circulation: 2,064,665

80 / 100
Meredith

#21. Martha Stewart Living

Total paid circulation: 2,064,993

81 / 100
Trusted Media Brands

#20. Taste Of Home

Total paid circulation: 2,080,735

82 / 100
Hearst

#19. Redbook

Total paid circulation: 2,109,366

83 / 100
ESPN

#18. ESPN magazine

Total paid circulation: 2,144,483

84 / 100
Condé Nast

#17. Glamour

Total paid circulation: 2,303,374

85 / 100
Meredith

#16. Time

Total paid circulation: 2,348,566

86 / 100
Hearst

#15. The Oprah Magazine

Total paid circulation: 2,381,944

87 / 100
Meredith

#14. Shape

Total paid circulation: 2,544,949

88 / 100
Trusted Media Brands

#13. Readers Digest

Total paid circulation: 2,701,972

89 / 100
National Geographic Society

#12. National Geographic

Total paid circulation: 2,720,313

90 / 100
Meredith

#11. Sports Illustrated

Total paid circulation: 2,763,966

91 / 100
Meredith

#10. Southern Living

Total paid circulation: 2,823,644

92 / 100
Hearst

#9. Cosmopolitan

Total paid circulation: 3,040,285

93 / 100
Hearst

#8. Woman's Day

Total paid circulation: 3,255,790

94 / 100
Meredith

#7. People

Total paid circulation: 3,423,322

95 / 100
Meredith

#6. Family Circle

Total paid circulation: 4,018,288

96 / 100
Hearst

#5. Good Housekeeping

Total paid circulation: 4,311,679

97 / 100
Game Informer

#4. Game Informer

Total paid circulation: 7,137,476

98 / 100
Meredith

#3. Better Homes & Gardens

Total paid circulation: 7,645,902

99 / 100
AARP

#2. AARP Bulletin

Total paid circulation: 23,475,727

100 / 100
AARP

#1. AARP The Magazine

Total paid circulation: 24,099,602

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