Frequently Asked Questions

What is the national functional illiteracy rate?
The National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) done in the 1990's (and endorsed by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) of 2003) found a total of 21-23 percent - or 40-44 million - of the 191 million American adults functioning at the lowest literacy level.

What is the functional illiteracy rate in Michigan?
About 18 percent.

What is the functional illiteracy rate in Detroit?
47% of metro Detroiters are reportedly functional illiterate.

What is the unemployment rate in Detroit?
About 10.3%

What is the high school graduation rate in Detroit?

There is no accurate data reported but it hovers about 65 - 70%.

A. For more statistical and relevant information, please visit the following:

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) at:

National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) at:

National Assessment for Adult Literacy at:

Literacy Information and Communication System ( LINCS):

B. For more access to libraries, visit:

Wayne State University libraries at:

Detroit Public library at:

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