Latin America & Caribbean Literacy Rate 1974-2020

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.
  • Latin America & Caribbean literacy rate for 2018 was 93.87%, a 0.16% increase from 2017.
  • Latin America & Caribbean literacy rate for 2017 was 93.70%, a 0.11% increase from 2016.
  • Latin America & Caribbean literacy rate for 2016 was 93.59%, a 0.46% increase from 2015.
  • Latin America & Caribbean literacy rate for 2015 was 93.13%, a 0.18% 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%
Latin America & Caribbean Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 93.87% 0.16%
2017 93.70% 0.11%
2016 93.59% 0.46%
2015 93.13% 0.18%
2014 92.94% 0.44%
2013 92.50% 0.05%
2012 92.46% 0.22%
2011 92.23% 0.57%
2010 91.67% -0.03%
2009 91.69% 0.38%
2008 91.32% 0.27%
2007 91.05% 0.57%
2006 90.47% 0.00%
2005 90.47% 0.48%
2004 89.99% -0.02%
2003 90.01% 0.77%
2002 89.24% 0.12%
2001 89.13% 0.10%
2000 89.03% 0.24%
1999 88.79% 0.30%
1998 88.49% 0.48%
1997 88.02% 0.29%
1996 87.73% 0.33%
1995 87.40% 0.60%
1994 86.80% 0.56%
1993 86.23% 0.63%
1992 85.60% 0.61%
1991 84.99% 0.57%
1990 84.42% 0.35%
1989 84.07% 0.44%
1988 83.63% 0.49%
1987 83.14% 0.29%
1986 82.85% 0.35%
1985 82.50% 0.36%
1984 82.13% 0.38%
1983 81.76% 0.40%
1982 81.36% 0.38%
1981 80.98% 0.39%
1980 80.59% 0.38%
1979 80.22% 0.40%
1978 79.81% 0.45%
1977 79.36% 0.42%
1976 78.95% 0.36%
1975 78.59% 0.02%
1974 78.57% 0.02%