The Most Popular U.S. Magazines of 2020

The Most Popular U.S. Magazines of 2020

Updated 03-12-2021


Have you wondered what our nation's top magazines are? Look no further! We have compiled a list of the 50 most popular magazines in the United States. A magazine's success is measured by a few factors: print and digital circulation, revenue by platform, and readership.

Measuring the audience of print media mainly comes from circulation and readership. Circulation refers to the number of copies of each issue distributed to the public. This measurement includes the average number of single-copy sales and subscriptions paid for and verified. Readership refers to how many people, on average, read the magazine. This can be measured by how many people read each copy and how many people the publication reaches.

We based the ranking on which magazines have the highest circulation. To do this accurately, we received a report from the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), which audits circulation and rate base numbers for magazines. Read further to discover the top magazines by circulation!

AARP The Magazine

AARP The Magazine

1. Topping off our list as the most circulated magazine is AARP The Magazine, which sports an impressive circulation of 23,608,221. AARP The Magazine reaches a readership of 36,800,000 people. Free to AARP members, The Magazine splits into three different versions, each for a different life stage for 50+ adults. Join AARP now to receive the bi-monthly magazine for free!

AARP Bulletin

AARP Bulletin Magazine

2. AARP Bulletin is next up with a circulation 22,669,110 and a remarkable readership of 30,376,000 people. The AARP Bulletin is also free to members of AARP, with issues published monthly. Get the latest health news for 50+ adults by joining AARP today!

Game Informer

Game Informer Magazine

3. The world's #1 video game magazine completes the top three - Game Informer Magazine! With a circulation of 6 million, Game Informer shapes the video game industry with extensive knowledge and insight. Get the latest news, the best reviews, and access to the premier online community with a subscription to Game Informer Magazine!

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping Magazine

4. Good Housekeeping Magazine comes in at number 4 with a circulation of 4,014,028. Their readership reaches 16,800,000 people and a notable 61.1 million people across their digital, social, and print platforms. Receive tried-and-trusted advice from the experts at GH labs with a subscription today! If you prefer the digital edition, subscribe here!

People Magazine

People Magazine

5. People Magazine reports a circulation of 3,502,833. With a readership of 35,443,000 and a total reach of 96,000,000 across platforms, it is no wonder that People Magazine is so influential. Catch up with your favorite celebrities with the hottest news, gossip, and captivating stories. Subscribe today! The digital edition is also available here!

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports Magazine

6. With a circulation of 2,900,000, Consumer Reports Magazine sports a readership of 6 million people. Consumer Reports reaches a total audience of 20 million people. Providing 100% unbiased reviews and ratings for a wide array of products, CR is a publication you can trust. Subscribe today to get the most out of everything you buy.

Southern Living

Southern Living Magazine

7. Southern Living Magazine comes in at number seven, with a circulation of 2,820,399. Their readership comes out at 16,493,000 people, and they have a total reach of 26.2 million people across social, digital, and print platforms. Get the full Southern experience with a subscription to Southern Living Magazine! For the digital edition, subscribe here.

Reader's Digest

Reader's Digest

8. Reader's Digest is next with a circulation of 2,677,027. This title has an impressive readership number of 16.5 million people. With a total reach of 49.3 million people across digital, social, print, and newsletter platforms, Reader's Digest offers thousands of tips, heartwarming stories, jokes, and more! Subscribe today! The digital version is available here. The Large Print edition is also available for easier reading.

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Magazine

9. Cosmopolitan Magazine features a circulation of 2,451,192. With a print readership of 14 million people and a total reach of 66 million people across platforms, Cosmopolitan earns its place as the ultimate magazine for modern women. Receive advice, tips, insights, ideas, and more with a subscription to Cosmo! If you prefer the digital edition, subscribe here.

Woman's Day

Woman's Day Magazine

10. Woman's Day Magazine rounds out the top 10 with a circulation of 2,452,766. Their readership rises to 12,921,000 and their total reach comes to 17,121,000 across platforms. Discover inspiration in all aspects of your life, bargains to take advantage of, and much more with a subscription to Woman's Day! The digital version is also available here.

National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine

11. National Geographic Magazine maintains a circulation of 2,129,477. Reaching a total audience of 28 million people, National Geographic gives you the ability to travel the world, visit the most exciting cultures, and experience new adventures through breathtaking photography - all from your couch! Subscribe today!

Real Simple

Real Simple Magazine

12. Real Simple Magazine features a circulation of 2,002,498. Their print readership expands to 6,838,000 people. Across their website, social media, and print, they reach a total audience of 23,838,000 people. Discover new DIY ideas, delicious recipes, practical advice, and much more with a subscription to Real Simple! We also offer the digital edition here!

Us Weekly

Us Weekly Magazine

13. Us Weekly Magazine sports a circulation of 1,959,748. Their print readers number 11,082,000 while they reach a total audience of 45 million across their print, website, mobile, and social platforms. Sneak a peek into the lives of your favorite stars with exclusive interviews, fashion updates, workout insights, and much more! Try a subscription now!

Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated Magazine

14. Sports Illustrated Magazine has a circulation of 1,866,026. Their print readership features an impressive 17 million people. Across platforms, their total audience reaches 38 million people. Get the latest news on all sports events - from professional, college, and amateur sectors! Subscribe to America's best one-stop source for sports coverage!

Food Network

Food Network Magazine

15. Food Network Magazine's circulation is 1,766,813. Their readership numbers 13,409,000. Across their social media, website, and subscriptions, they reach an audience of 90,409,000 people. With their TV audience included, they reach a total audience of an impressive 177,409,000 people! Subscribe today and receive the best new meal ideas, features on your favorite celebrity chefs, and much more! If you prefer the digital edition, subscribe here!

The American Legion Magazine

The American Legion Magazine

16. The American Legion Magazine features a circulation of 1,744,955. Subscribe today to gain access to The American Legion's monthly features on national issues, global security, history, and more!

InStyle

InStyle Magazine

17. InStyle Magazine's circulation rounds out at 1,717,502. With a readership of 7,555,000 people and a total audience of 17,640,000 people, InStyle features the hottest trends, celebrity access, expert advice, and must-have access to the latest looks and beauty trends. Subscribe today to find the perfect balance of style, fashion, beauty, and celebrity! The digital edition is also available here.

Taste of Home

Taste of Home Magazine

18. Taste of Home Magazine features a circulation of 1,711,487. Their print readership stretches to 11.6 million people, while their total audience across platforms reaches 55.7 million people. Each issue features 100+ delectable recipes, expert advice, mouth-watering photography, and more! Subscribe today! If you prefer the digital edition, subscribe here.

American Rifleman

American Rifleman Magazine

19. American Rifleman Magazine sports a circulation of 1,706,688. They have a print readership of 1,940,200 people and a total audience of 5,520,000 people across platforms. As the official journal of the NRA, American Rifleman Magazine is perfect for avid gun-owners. Subscribe now!

Texas Co-op Power

Texas Co-op Power Magazine

20. Texas Co-op Power rounds out the top 20 with a circulation of 1,686,418. With a print readership of 3.8 million people and a total audience of 3,898,000 people across platforms, Texas Co-op Power is the hub for Texas electric cooperatives. Subscribe today to join this Texas community!

Golf Digest

Golf Digest

21. Golf Digest sports a circulation of 1,627,353. Their readership stretches to 4.5 million people, making this a prime golfing community. Perfect for professionals and amateurs alike, Golf Digest offers top-quality guidance, equipment reviews, golf course ratings, and much more. Try a subscription today!

TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine

22. TIME Magazine features a circulation of 1,617,447. With a readership number of 15.9 million and a total audience of 43 million people across platforms, TIME is one of the leading breaking-news brands. Discover exceptional reporting, expert analysis, and news you can trust. Subscribe to TIME today!

Smithsonian

Smithsonian Magazine

23. Smithsonian Magazine has a circulation of 1,615,265. They have a readership of 6,158,000 people and reach a total audience of 17,083,600 people across platforms. Published by the famed Smithsonian Institute, this magazine offers a unique perspective on history, the physical sciences, technology, art, popular culture, and much more! Subscribe today and receive exclusive benefits with the Smithsonian Institute!

Men's Health

Men's Health Magazine

24. Men's Health Magazine has a circulation of 1,581,074. With a readership of 11.5 million and a total audience of 44.7 million people across their digital, print, and social platforms, this magazine focuses on helping men obtain a healthy lifestyle with insights on fitness, diets, lifestyle, and more. Focus on your health with a Men's Health subscription! The digital version is also available here.

Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit Magazine

25. Bon Appetit Magazine completes our top 25 - with a circulation of 1,528,041 subscriptions. Their readership is 6.5 million people, while their total audience is 25.5 million people. Discover easy, delicious recipes, reviews on the best restaurants, tips for entertaining guests, and more. Try a subscription now!

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly Magazine

26. Entertainment Weekly Magazine features a circulation of 1,515,115. Their readership reaches 9 million people, while their total audience sports a significant 45 million people across all platforms. Get the first looks at new movies, books, tv shows, and more. Subscribe to one of the best entertainment magazines! For the digital edition, subscribe here.

Health

Health Magazine

27. Health Magazine has a circulation of 1,362,072. They have a readership of 9.3 million people and reach a total audience of 30.3 million people across digital, print, and social platforms. Read up on the most critical issues with articles on nutrition, exercise, medical news, and more. Subscribe today! For the digital edition, subscribe here.

Women's Health

Women's Health Magazine

28. With a circulation of 1,331,841 comes Women's Health Magazine. Their readership is 11 million, while they reach a total audience of 47 million people across platforms. Discover articles you can trust, with features on health, fitness, nutrition, and more. Subscribe to the print or digital edition now!

HGTV

HGTV Magazine

29. HGTV Magazine features a circulation of 1,303,944. They maintain a readership of 11 million people and reach a total audience of 19.9 million people across their print, digital, and social platforms. If you include their TV audience, their reach expands to 21.2 million people. Discover DIY tips, design ideas, innovative improvement projects, and much more! Subscribe to this upbeat magazine now! For the digital edition, click here.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker Magazine

30. The New Yorker Magazine has a circulation of 1,258,096. They maintain a readership of 5.3 million and a total audience of 34.2 million people across subscriptions, digital, and social platforms. Stay up-to-date on the latest news - from the arts and culture to sports and entertainment to politics and current events. Subscribe to this eclectic magazine for fresh content in every issue!

Vogue

Vogue Magazine

31. Vogue Magazine features a circulation of 1,218,279. Vogue Magazine is the ultimate high fashion authority with a readership of 11.1 million and a total audience of a remarkable 76.8 million people. Discover the latest and greatest fashion trends, styles, interviews, and more with a new subscription!

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair Magazine

32. Vanity Fair Magazine has a circulation of 1,218,077. They have a readership of 7.5 million and a total audience of 45.7 million people across social, digital, and print platforms. Discover various relevant articles - from food and fashion to travel and entertainment to political and social commentaries. Enjoy each issue with a new subscription!

Golf

Golf Magazine

33. Golf Magazine maintains a circulation of 1,216,133. They have a readership of 4.5 million and a total audience of 10,760,000 golfers. Perfect for casual and seasoned golfers alike, Golf Magazine will help you improve your game, become a better athlete, and stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings in the world of golf. Subscribe today!

Allure

Allure Magazine

34. Allure Magazine circulation is 1,179,721. They have a readership of 5.3 million people. They reach a total audience of 16.9 million people across all platforms. As the premier beauty magazine, Allure offers advice on makeup, clothing, hair care, and thorough reviews of new products. Subscribe now!

Family Handyman

Family Handyman Magazine

35. Family Handyman Magazine has a circulation of 1,169,250. Their readership is 4.9 million people, and they have a total audience of 18,888,000 people across platforms. Perfect for DIY-ers, this publication provides expert tips, time-saving hints, helpful instructions, and much more. Subscribe now to make sure you get the job done right! For the digital edition, click here.

Country Living

Country Living Magazine

36. Country Living Magazine features a circulation of 1,154,718. They maintain a readership of 22,733,000 people and a total audience of 32 million people across platforms. Discover decorating, cooking, entertaining, and gardening tips. Bring a country influence to your home with help from a subscription! For digital reading, subscribe here.

Car and Driver

Car and Driver Magazine

37. Car and Driver Magazine sports a circulation of 1,113,121. They have a readership of 8,241,000 people and a total audience of 14,475,000 people. Perfect for auto enthusiasts, this magazine features cars, vans, SUVs, trucks, and more from both domestic and foreign markets. Discover reviews, road tests, and more with exclusive photography. Subscribe to the print or digital version today!

TV Guide

TV Guide Magazine

38. TV Guide Magazine maintains a circulation of 1,100,682. They have a total audience of 10.2 million people. Get national listings, exclusive behind-the-scenes features, interviews, and more with a new subscription!

Guideposts

Guideposts Magazine

39. Guideposts Magazine has a circulation of 1,080,729. Their readership features 4,723,000 people, and their total audience has 7,638,988 people across platforms. Each issue delivers inspirational articles to nourish your personal growth. Discover advice on personal relationships, heartwarming stories from fellow readers, and much more. Try a subscription today! This is also available in large print.

Essence

Essence Magazine

40. Essence Magazine rounds out the top 40 with a circulation of 1,070,039. They have a readership of 6.6 million people and a total audience of 13.4 million people. Perfect for today's African American women, this magazine will help readers reach their full potential. Find advice on careers, education, beauty, fashion, parenting, and much more. Subscribe today!

Elle

Elle Magazine

41. Elle Magazine sports a circulation of 1,061,272. With a readership of 4,758,000 and a total audience of 21,823,264, Elle Magazine is created for sophisticated women worldwide. Each issue offers a range of articles on fashion, lifestyle, health, fitness, and more. Subscribe to this excellent magazine now! For the digital edition, subscribe here.

Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics Magazine

42. Popular Mechanics Magazine features a circulation of 1,020,815. They have a readership of 5,632,000, and their total reach expands to 16,834,000 people across platforms. Learn how things work, find the best place to shop for the latest tech, and make the best-informed decisions with help from a new subscription! For the digital edition, click here.

Men's Journal

Men's Journal

43. Men's Journal has a circulation of 1,010,628. Their readership has 5 million people, and their total audience reaches 9.6 million people. Perfect for men with an adventurous spirit, each issue focuses on sports, travel, outdoor adventures, and more. Subscribe today to get the most out of life!

Birds & Blooms

Birds & Blooms Magazine

44. Birds & Blooms Magazine features a circulation of 1,003,352. They have a readership of 5.5 million people and a total audience of 6,345,000 people across platforms. Enjoy the outdoors with America's #1 bird and garden magazine. Discover outstanding photography, excellent backyard advice, and more! You'll love each issue in this subscription. For the digital edition, click here.

VFW Magazine

VFW Magazine

45. VFW Magazine has a circulation of 981,502. Featuring a readership of 1.3 million and a total audience of 2,344,417 people across platforms, VFW Magazine is free to VFW members. Non-members can also subscribe here. Get the latest news, stories, jokes, and more!

Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure Magazine

46. Travel + Leisure Magazine sports a circulation of 963,605. They have a readership of 6.1 million people and a total audience of 29.7 million people across platforms. Travel the world from the comfort of your couch with breathtaking photography, entertaining stores, reviews, and much more. Subscribe today and appease your travel spirit! For the digital version, subscribe here.

Food & Wine

Food & Wine Magazine

47. Food & Wine Magazine features a circulation of 957,201. They sport a readership of 7.3 million people. Their total audience expands to 28.6 million people across social, digital, and print platforms. Discover the finest recipes, the best wines to pair with your meal, exclusive reviews, and more in each issue. Try a subscription today! To subscribe to the digital version, click here.

GQ

GQ Magazine

48. GQ Magazine features a circulation of 938,386. They have a readership of 5.4 million people, and their total audience expands to 35.2 million people across all platforms. As the trusted resource for men's interests, GQ covers the latest in fashion, style, food, sports, women, technology, and more in each issue. Subscribe today!

First

First Magazine

49. First Magazine features a circulation of 888,233. They reach a total audience of 3 million people across platforms. Discover inspiration and advice on weight loss, decorating, beauty, relationships, and staying energized. Subscribe today and be entertained with every issue.

Wired

Wired Magazine

50. Finishing our list is Wired Magazine with a circulation of 880,633. They have a readership of 3.6 million people and reach a total audience of 35.6 million people across social, digital, and print platforms. This magazine brings the latest news on the high-tech industry. Subscribe today!

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