Cover to Cover: Illiteracy Statistics

By Shrien Alshabasy
Published: April 28, 2015

Reading may be a favorite past time of yours. But would it surprise you to find out that 14% of U.S. adults can’t read below a basic level? 32,000,000 U.S. adults can’t read in the United States. 70% of prison inmates can’t read compared to 19% of high school graduates. That’s an alarming similarity.

So, how varied are the reading levels of U.S. adults? It goes from Proficient to below basic. 13% of U.S. adults read proficiently, 44% read intermediately. 29% of adults can read basic materials while the minority trail at 14%.

The sad truth is that the majority of those who are illiterate are Hispanic (41%) and Black (24%). Although many programs are created with the intent of aiding low income families and minorities with succeeding in literacy, the effect has not yet been prevalent. Only 9% of Whites are illiterate. Around the world, 775,000,000 of people cannot read. 66% of these are female.

The countries with the highest illiteracy rates are South Sudan (73%), Mali (72.3%), Afghanistan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Chad and Ethiopia. What can you do to help? Volunteer in book drives, travel to other countries in need of education aide and provide the gift of reading to those around you.

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Statistic Sources & References
Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute (Online / Direct Response Mail)
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: April 28, 2015

Cover to Cover: Illiteracy Statistics

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