One Fifth of U.S. Adults Have Limited Reading Comprehension

“Many counties that lack programs also double as hot spots of low adult literacy. These are primarily in the mountains of Appalachia, the Southern Black Belt, the Central Valley of California and along the Texas border with Mexico, but they exist throughout the nation. In about 500 American counties, nearly a third of adults struggle to read basic English, according to ProPublica’s analysis of federal literacy data. These adults may have a basic vocabulary and be able to interpret short texts, but their reading comprehension may be limited beyond that.”

 Annie Waldman, Aliyya Swaby and Anna Clark, “A Fifth of American Adults Struggle to Read. Why Are We Failing to Teach Them?ProPublica. December 14, 2022

Imagine a life where reading anything beyond basic texts was inaccessible to you.