U.S. Literacy Rate 1990-2020

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.
  • U.S. literacy rate for 2018 was 99.00%, a 0% increase from 2015.
  • U.S. literacy rate for 2015 was 99.00%, a 0% increase from 2010.
  • U.S. literacy rate for 2010 was 99.00%, a 0% increase from 2005.
  • U.S. literacy rate for 2005 was 99.00%, a 0% increase from 2000.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
San Marino 99.92%
Latvia 99.89%
Italy 99.16%
Argentina 99.00%
Czech Republic 99.00%
Gibraltar 99.00%
Japan 99.00%
Monaco 99.00%
Turks and Caicos Islands 99.00%
Curacao 99.00%
United Kingdom 99.00%
St. Martin (French part) 99.00%
Belgium 99.00%
Channel Islands 99.00%
Faroe Islands 99.00%
Iceland 99.00%
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 99.00%
Austria 99.00%
Switzerland 99.00%
France 99.00%
Ireland 99.00%
Luxembourg 99.00%
New Zealand 99.00%
Sweden 99.00%
Australia 99.00%
Finland 99.00%
Isle of Man 99.00%
Liechtenstein 99.00%
Norway 99.00%
Slovak Republic 99.00%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 99.00%
Canada 99.00%
Hong Kong 99.00%
Netherlands 99.00%
British Virgin Islands 99.00%
Andorra 99.00%
Denmark 99.00%
Greenland 99.00%
South Korea 99.00%
Northern Mariana Islands 99.00%
United States 99.00%
Bermuda 99.00%
Germany 99.00%
St. Kitts and Nevis 99.00%
French Polynesia 99.00%
Bahamas 99.00%
Uruguay 98.70%
Spain 98.44%
Greece 97.94%
Aruba 97.81%
Bahrain 97.46%
Singapore 97.34%
Brunei 97.21%
Portugal 96.14%
Kuwait 96.06%
Seychelles 95.87%
Oman 95.65%
Panama 95.41%
Malta 94.50%
U.S. Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 99.00% 0.00%
2015 99.00% 0.00%
2010 99.00% 0.00%
2005 99.00% 0.00%
2000 99.00% 0.00%
1995 99.00% 0.00%
1990 99.00% 0.00%