Special Report

Most and Least Literate States

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16. Maryland
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 11.2% (24th highest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 39.3% (3rd highest)
> Public libraries: 3.2 per 100,000 (5th lowest)
> Registered library users: 57.5% of pop. (14th highest)

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17. Wisconsin
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 7.3% (7th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 29.5% (23rd lowest)
> Public libraries: 7.9 per 100,000 (14th highest)
> Registered library users: 57.9% of pop. (13th highest)

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18. Oregon
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 10.2% (24th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.7% (16th highest)
> Public libraries: 5.6 per 100,000 (22nd lowest)
> Registered library users: 55.7% of pop. (17th highest)

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19. Montana
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 8.8% (16th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.0% (20th highest)
> Public libraries: 11.2 per 100,000 (10th highest)
> Registered library users: 44.0% of pop. (8th lowest)

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20. Missouri
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 7.5% (9th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 28.5% (18th lowest)
> Public libraries: 5.9 per 100,000 (23rd lowest)
> Registered library users: 53.7% of pop. (25th highest)