Special Report

Most and Least Literate States

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1. Vermont
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 6.6% (4th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 36.4% (8th highest)
> Public libraries: 29.8 per 100,000 (the highest)
> Registered library users: 54.2% of pop. (23rd highest)

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2. New Hampshire
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 5.8% (the lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 36.6% (7th highest)
> Public libraries: 17.5 per 100,000 (4th highest)
> Registered library users: 60.8% of pop. (7th highest)

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3. Massachusetts
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 9.9% (22nd lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 42.7% (the highest)
> Public libraries: 6.8 per 100,000 (18th highest)
> Registered library users: 48.7% of pop. (15th lowest)

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4. Minnesota
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 6.0% (2nd lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 34.8% (11th highest)
> Public libraries: 6.4 per 100,000 (22nd highest)
> Registered library users: 69.9% of pop. (2nd highest)

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5. Colorado
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 9.9% (23rd lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 39.9% (2nd highest)
> Public libraries: 4.7 per 100,000 (16th lowest)
> Registered library users: 65.3% of pop. (5th highest)