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Literacy Statistics

In Union County

  • Union County has a graduation rate of 88.5%
  • 15% of persons in Union County over 18 years old do not have a high school diploma
  • 21.1% of Ohio's population hold a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Only 15.9% of Union County's population hold a bachelor's degree or higher

In the United States

  • 43% of adults functioning at the lowest literacy level live in poverty, compared to 4% with strong literacy skills
  • More than 20% of adults read below the sixth-grade level - far below the level needed to earn a living wage
  • 70% of mothers on public assistance have reading skills in the lowest two literacy levels
  • Children whose parents cannot read are twice as likely to have difficulty learning to read and write
  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. more then $224 billion a year in lost productivity
  • Low health literacy costs $73 billion annually in unnecessary doctor visits, hospitalizations and longer hospital stays
  • 75% of unemployed adults have reading and/or writing difficulties
  • 60% of juvenile offenders have problems reading The U.S. ranks 49th among 156 United Nations member countries in literacy – a drop of 18 places since 1950