June 1, 2017

Total estimated circulation for U.S. daily newspapers

Year Weekday Sunday Weekday (estimated) Sunday (estimated)
1940 41,132,000 32,371,000
1945 48,384,000 39,860,000
1946 50,928,000 43,665,000
1947 51,673,000 45,151,000
1948 52,285,000 46,308,000
1949 52,846,000 46,399,000
1950 53,829,000 46,582,000
1951 54,018,000 46,279,000
1952 53,951,000 46,210,000
1953 54,472,000 45,949,000
1954 55,072,000 46,176,000
1955 56,147,000 46,448,000
1956 57,102,000 47,162,000
1957 57,805,000 47,044,000
1958 57,418,000 46,955,000
1959 58,300,000 47,848,000
1960 58,882,000 47,699,000
1961 59,261,000 48,216,000
1962 59,849,000 48,888,000
1963 58,905,000 46,830,000
1964 60,412,000 48,383,000
1965 60,358,000 48,600,000
1966 61,397,000 49,282,000
1967 61,561,000 49,224,000
1968 62,535,000 49,693,000
1969 62,060,000 49,675,000
1970 62,108,000 49,217,000
1971 62,231,000 49,665,000
1972 62,510,000 50,001,000
1973 63,147,000 51,717,000
1974 61,877,000 51,679,000
1975 60,655,000 51,096,000
1976 60,977,000 51,565,000
1977 61,495,000 52,429,000
1978 61,990,000 53,990,000
1979 62,223,000 54,380,000
1980 62,202,000 54,676,000
1981 61,431,000 55,180,000
1982 62,487,000 56,261,000
1983 62,645,000 56,747,000
1984 63,340,000 57,574,000
1985 62,766,000 58,826,000
1986 62,502,000 58,925,000
1987 62,826,000 60,112,000
1988 62,695,000 61,474,000
1989 62,649,000 62,008,000
1990 62,328,000 62,635,000
1991 60,687,000 62,068,000
1992 60,164,000 62,160,000
1993 59,812,000 62,566,000
1994 59,305,000 62,295,000
1995 58,193,000 61,229,000
1996 56,983,000 60,798,000
1997 56,728,000 60,486,000
1998 56,182,000 60,066,000
1999 55,979,000 59,894,000
2000 55,773,000 59,421,000
2001 55,578,000 59,090,000
2002 55,186,000 58,780,000
2003 55,185,000 58,495,000
2004 54,626,000 57,754,000
2005 53,345,000 55,270,000
2006 52,329,000 53,179,000
2007 50,742,000 51,246,000
2008 48,597,000 49,115,000
2009 45,653,000 46,164,000
2010  —
2011 44,421,000 48,510,000
2012 43,433,000 44,821,000
2013 40,712,000 43,292,000
2014 40,420,000 42,751,000
2015 37,711,860 40,955,458
2016 34,657,199 37,801,888

Pew Research Center