Literacy Rate - Estimates of Low Literacy United States 2003

Prose Literacy: “The knowledge and skills need to perform prose tasks, (i.e., to search, comprehend, and use continuous texts).  Examples include editorials, news stories, brochures, and instructional materials.”

Location 2003 Population Size* Average percent lacking basic prose literacy skills**
United States 219,016,209 12
* Estimated population of those 16 and over living in households.
** Those lacking basic literacy skills include those who scored below basic in prose and those who could not be tested due to language barriers.