On September 8, 2018, countries around the world will celebrate International Literacy Day. The event shines a spotlight on global literacy needs and focuses on the strategies and resources needed to spread literacy around the world.
While the event will primarily highlight literacy needs in developing countries, there is still much room for improvement in many parts of the United States. Reading proficiency and activity varies significantly from state to state and is affected by socioeconomic factors such as income, educational attainment, and the quality of public schools.
To identify the most and least literate states, 24/7 Wall St. compiled an index of several measures related to reading proficiency, access to reading materials, and library usage. These states are listed from the most literate to the least.