Special Report

Most and Least Literate States

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11. Kansas
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 7.8% (11th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.8% (15th highest)
> Public libraries: 12.9 per 100,000 (9th highest)
> Registered library users: 59.1% of pop. (10th highest)

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12. Utah
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 9.4% (20th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.6% (17th highest)
> Public libraries: 4.2 per 100,000 (12th lowest)
> Registered library users: 59.5% of pop. (8th highest)

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13. Ohio
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 9.1% (18th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 27.5% (14th lowest)
> Public libraries: 6.1 per 100,000 (24th highest)
> Registered library users: 75.1% of pop. (the highest)

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14. Virginia
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 12.0% (23rd highest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 38.1% (6th highest)
> Public libraries: 4.2 per 100,000 (13th lowest)
> Registered library users: 57.9% of pop. (12th highest)

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15. Washington
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 9.8% (21st lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 35.1% (10th highest)
> Public libraries: 4.7 per 100,000 (17th lowest)
> Registered library users: 54.7% of pop. (19th highest)