236 rows · This is a list of countries by literacy rate. The figures represented are almost entirely collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) on behalf of UNESCO with 2015 estimates based on people aged 15 or over who can read and write. Where data is taken from a different source, notes are provided.
Literacy rate, adult female (% of females ages 15 and above) Literacy rate, adult male (% of males ages 15 and above) Literacy rate, youth (ages 15-24), gender parity index (GPI) Literacy rate, youth male (% of males ages 15-24) Literacy rate, youth total (% of people ages 15-24).
The United States was a participant in the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL), along with Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, and the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Data was collected in 2003 and the results were published in 2005. Adults were scored on "five levels of difficulty in prose, document and numeracy literacy.