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50 State Comparison - Fiscal, Economics, and Population Table

Adult Literacy

Description

Percent of population 16 years and over lacking basic prose literacy skills, 1992 to 2003.

State 1992 2003
Alabama 20.6% 14.8%
Alaska 9.7% 9.2%
Arizona 13.2% 13.1%
Arkansas 18.8% 13.7%
California 14.6% 23.1%
Colorado 9.1% 9.9%
Connecticut 13.7% 8.6%
Delaware 11.6% 10.7%
District of Columbia 21.1% 19.1%
Florida 15.1% 19.7%
Georgia 18.5% 16.7%
Hawaii 18.0% 15.9%
Idaho 9.9% 10.5%
Illinois 15.0% 12.9%
Indiana 10.4% 8.0%
Iowa 6.9% 7.5%
Kansas 9.1% 7.8%
Kentucky 19.2% 12.2%
Louisiana 20.9% 16.0%
Maine 12.6% 7.4%
Maryland 12.3% 11.2%
Massachusetts 13.0% 9.9%
Michigan 12.1% 8.3%
Minnesota 8.5% 6.0%
Mississippi 25.2% 16.0%
Missouri 12.7% 7.5%
Montana 9.1% 8.8%
Nebraska 8.5% 7.3%
Nevada 13.5% 16.1%
New Hampshire 10.9% 5.8%
New Jersey 15.6% 16.9%
New Mexico 17.2% 16.5%
New York 16.3% 22.1%
North Carolina 18.3% 13.6%
North Dakota 11.3% 6.3%
Ohio 11.7% 9.1%
Oklahoma 13.2% 12.3%
Oregon 9.6% 10.2%
Pennsylvania 13.3% 12.6%
Rhode Island 17.8% 8.5%
South Carolina 20.4% 14.7%
South Dakota 10.7% 7.0%
Tennessee 18.8% 13.2%
Texas 17.8% 19.0%
United States of America 14.7% 14.5%
Utah 8.5% 9.4%
Vermont 10.9% 6.6%
Virginia 15.1% 12.0%
Washington 7.2% 9.8%
West Virginia 17.5% 13.4%
Wisconsin 9.5% 7.3%
Wyoming 8.7% 8.9%

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Source of Data: National Center for Education Statistics - State and County Literacy Estimates
http://nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/Index.aspx

 

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