Special Report

Most and Least Literate States

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31. Michigan
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 8.3% (13th lowest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 28.3% (16th lowest)
> Public libraries: 6.5 per 100,000 (21st highest)
> Registered library users: 49.8% of pop. (17th lowest)

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32. Pennsylvania
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 12.6% (20th highest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 30.8% (22nd highest)
> Public libraries: 4.8 per 100,000 (18th lowest)
> Registered library users: 40.8% of pop. (4th lowest)

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33. Delaware
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 10.7% (25th highest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.0% (21st highest)
> Public libraries: 3.4 per 100,000 (7th lowest)
> Registered library users: 42.0% of pop. (5th lowest)

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34. Illinois
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 12.9% (19th highest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 34.0% (13th highest)
> Public libraries: 6.1 per 100,000 (25th highest)
> Registered library users: 40.6% of pop. (3rd lowest)

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35. New York
> Adults lacking basic prose literacy skills: 22.1% (2nd highest)
> Pct. adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 35.7% (9th highest)
> Public libraries: 5.4 per 100,000 (20th lowest)
> Registered library users: 54.2% of pop. (21st highest)