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U.S. CIA World Factbook Literacy Rate
Latin American Countries

Country
Literacy (%)
 
Argentina definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.1%
male: 97.1%
female: 97.1% (2003 est.)
Belize definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.1%
male: 94.1%
female: 94.1% (2003 est.)
Bolivia definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87.2%
male: 93.1%
female: 81.6% (2003 est.)
Brazil definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.4%
male: 86.1%
female: 86.6% (2003 est.)
Chile definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.2%
male: 96.4%
female: 96.1% (2003 est.)
Colombia definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.5%
male: 92.4%
female: 92.6% (2003 est.)
Costa Rica definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96%
male: 95.9%
female: 96.1% (2003 est.)
Cuba definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97%
male: 97.2%
female: 96.9% (2003 est.)
Dominican Republic definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 84.7%
male: 84.6%
female: 84.8% (2003 est.)
Ecuador definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.5%
male: 94%
female: 91% (2003 est.)
El Salvador definition: age 10 and over can read and write
total population: 80.2%
male: 82.8%
female: 77.7% (2003 est.)
 
Guatemala definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 70.6%
male: 78%
female: 63.3% (2003 est.)
 
Honduras definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 76.2%
male: 76.1%
female: 76.3% (2003 est.)
 
Mexico definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.2%
male: 94%
female: 90.5% (2003 est.)
 
Nicaragua definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 67.5%
male: 67.2%
female: 67.8% (2003 est.)
 
Panama definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.6%
male: 93.2%
female: 91.9% (2003 est.)
 
Paraguay definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94%
male: 94.9%
female: 93% (2003 est.)
 
Peru definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87.7%
male: 93.5%
female: 82.1% (2004 est.)
 
Puerto Rico definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.1%
male: 93.9%
female: 94.4% (2002 est.)
 
United States definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
 
Uruguay definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98%
male: 97.6%
female: 98.4% (2003 est.)
 
Venezuela definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.4%
male: 93.8%
female: 93.1% (2003 est.)
 
World definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 82%
male: 87%
female: 77%
note: over two-thirds of the world's 785 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Egypt); of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women; extremely low literacy rates are concentrated in three regions, South and West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab states, where around one-third of the men and half of all women are illiterate (2005 est.)