East Asia & Pacific Literacy Rate 1976-2021

Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2019 was 95.77%, a 0.15% increase from 2018.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2018 was 95.63%, a 0.15% increase from 2017.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2017 was 95.47%, a 0.2% increase from 2016.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2016 was 95.28%, a 0.14% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
East Asia & Pacific 95.77%
Latin America & Caribbean 94.29%
World 86.48%
South Asia 72.95%
Sub-Saharan Africa 65.47%
East Asia & Pacific Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2019 95.77% 0.15%
2018 95.63% 0.15%
2017 95.47% 0.20%
2016 95.28% 0.14%
2015 95.14% 0.22%
2014 94.92% 0.50%
2013 94.42% 0.11%
2012 94.31% 0.24%
2011 94.08% -0.19%
2010 94.27% 0.02%
2009 94.25% 0.32%
2008 93.93% 0.27%
2007 93.66% 0.99%
2006 92.67% 0.42%
2005 92.25% 0.38%
2004 91.87% 0.35%
2003 91.51% 0.39%
2002 91.12% 0.38%
2001 90.74% 0.43%
2000 90.31% 0.29%
1999 90.02% 0.35%
1998 89.67% 0.35%
1997 89.32% 5.05%
1996 84.27% 0.49%
1995 83.78% 0.56%
1994 83.22% 0.57%
1993 82.64% 0.48%
1992 82.16% 0.53%
1991 81.63% 1.22%
1990 80.41% -0.09%
1989 80.50% 0.65%
1988 79.85% 3.91%
1987 75.94% 1.17%
1986 74.77% 0.80%
1985 73.97% 0.91%
1984 73.06% 0.94%
1983 72.12% 1.17%
1982 70.95% 0.74%
1981 70.22% 1.57%
1980 68.64% 0.49%
1979 68.15% 1.00%
1978 67.15% 1.02%
1977 66.13% 0.19%
1976 65.94% 0.19%