East Asia & Pacific Literacy Rate 1976-2024

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 2020 was 96.01%, a 0.15% increase from 2019.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2019 was 95.86%, a 0.43% increase from 2018.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2018 was 95.43%, a 0.06% increase from 2017.
  • East Asia & Pacific literacy rate for 2017 was 95.37%, a 0.19% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
East Asia & Pacific 96.01%
Latin America & Caribbean 94.12%
World 86.81%
South Asia 73.28%
Sub-Saharan Africa 67.27%
East Asia & Pacific Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2020 96.01% 0.15%
2019 95.86% 0.43%
2018 95.43% 0.06%
2017 95.37% 0.19%
2016 95.18% 0.16%
2015 95.01% 0.22%
2014 94.80% 0.49%
2013 94.31% 0.10%
2012 94.20% 0.23%
2011 93.97% -0.20%
2010 94.17% 0.02%
2009 94.16% 0.31%
2008 93.84% 0.26%
2007 93.58% 1.06%
2006 92.52% 0.35%
2005 92.17% 0.38%
2004 91.80% 0.33%
2003 91.47% 0.38%
2002 91.09% 0.38%
2001 90.71% 0.42%
2000 90.29% 0.28%
1999 90.01% 0.34%
1998 89.67% 0.34%
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%