Special Report

Most and Least Literate States

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6. Iowa
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 7.5% (10th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 28.4% (17th lowest)
> Public libraries: 18.1 per 100,000 (3rd highest)
> Registered library users: 65.6% of pop. (4th highest)

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7. Wyoming
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 8.9% (17th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 27.1% (11th lowest)
> Public libraries: 13.0 per 100,000 (8th highest)
> Registered library users: 61.8% of pop. (6th highest)

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8. Connecticut
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 8.6% (15th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 38.6% (4th highest)
> Public libraries: 6.7 per 100,000 (19th highest)
> Registered library users: 44.9% of pop. (10th lowest)

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9. Nebraska
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 7.3% (6th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.4% (19th highest)
> Public libraries: 13.8 per 100,000 (7th highest)
> Registered library users: 54.1% of pop. (24th highest)

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10. Maine
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 7.4% (8th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 30.1% (25th highest)
> Public libraries: 20.0 per 100,000 (2nd highest)
> Registered library users: 54.6% of pop. (20th highest)