LITERACY FACTS & FIGURES

poverty

Poverty is a root cause of low literacy, and low literacy is related to negative outcomes including increased education costs, higher crime rates, poorer overall health, and a higher rate of dependence on public subsidized programs. 

 

43%

of adults with the lowest level of literacy nationally live in poverty, compared to only 4% of those with the highest literacy skill.

 
 

of adults with the lowest level of literacy skills live in poverty, compared to only 4% of those with the highest levels of literacy skill. 

 
 

Adult Literacy and Education

Education is central for an individual to earn a living wage, for families to break the cycle of poverty, and for a city to have a strong workforce and vibrant economy.