Infographic: Adult Literacy in the U.S.

In the United States, adult literacy continues to be a significant problem. Approximately 65 million adults lack basic literacy skills, but what exactly does that mean?

We’ve created an infographic that visualizes the consequences of illiteracy in adults, as well as which people are most likely to lack these skills.

↓ View the full infographic below! ↓

Quick Facts

Those who lack basic literacy skills are unable to perform everyday tasks, such as:

  • sign their name on a signature line
  • reading medication warning labels
  • calculating the cost on an order form
  • locating streets on a map

Of the estimated 65 million adults with below basic literacy skills:

  • 2/3 dropped out of high school
  • 25% are immigrants who don’t speak English
  • 1/3 are age 65 or older
  • Over half live in poverty

This infographic also shares what steps we can take toward solving this issue in our communities. Investing in quality adult education equips students with necessary professional and life skills, benefiting our economy as a whole. Please view the infographic below—download and share it to raise awareness.

Download this infographic showing the state of adult literacy in the United States

Visit our website for literacy resources, including volunteer information, free materials, and more. FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy, and family literacy providers throughout the Sunshine State.


“Adult Literacy in the United States” – National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

“Basic Reading Skills and the Literacy of America’s Least Literate Adults” – NCES

“Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice” – AAP News & Journals

“Literacy in Everyday Life” – NCES

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