East Asia & Pacific Literacy Rate 1976-2020

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 2018 was 95.61%, a 0.14% increase from 2017.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2017 was 95.46%, a 0.21% increase from 2016.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2016 was 95.25%, a 0.12% increase from 2015.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2015 was 95.14%, a 0.22% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
East Asia & Pacific 95.61%
Latin America & Caribbean 93.87%
World 86.30%
South Asia 72.25%
Sub-Saharan Africa 65.58%
East Asia & Pacific Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 95.61% 0.14%
2017 95.46% 0.21%
2016 95.25% 0.12%
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% 0.04%
2009 94.23% 0.29%
2008 93.93% 0.27%
2007 93.66% 0.99%
2006 92.67% 0.42%
2005 92.25% 0.38%
2004 91.87% 0.56%
2003 91.30% 0.40%
2002 90.91% 0.39%
2001 90.52% 0.21%
2000 90.31% 0.52%
1999 89.79% 0.36%
1998 89.43% 0.36%
1997 89.08% 5.05%
1996 84.02% 0.51%
1995 83.51% 0.51%
1994 83.00% 0.52%
1993 82.49% 0.43%
1992 82.06% 0.47%
1991 81.58% 1.17%
1990 80.42% -0.09%
1989 80.51% 0.64%
1988 79.87% 3.90%
1987 75.96% 1.18%
1986 74.79% 0.85%
1985 73.94% 0.92%
1984 73.02% 0.96%
1983 72.06% 1.19%
1982 70.88% 0.76%
1981 70.12% 1.60%
1980 68.52% 0.46%
1979 68.06% 1.07%
1978 66.99% 1.03%
1977 65.95% 0.19%
1976 65.76% 0.19%