Latin America Resources

Latin American Country Literacy Rates

Notice the disparity among countries. This information comes from the CIA. Countries conduct a census at different times, hence the difference in dates.

Country
Literacy (%)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argentina
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 98.9%
female: 99.1% (2018)
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: 92.5%
male: 96.5%
female: 88.6% (2015)
Brazil
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.2%
male: 93%
female: 93.4% (2018)
Chile
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.4%
male: 96.3%
female: 96.3% (2017)
Colombia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.1%
male: 94.9%
female: 95.3% (2018)
Costa Rica
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.9%
male: 97.8%
female: 97.9% (2018)
Cuba
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.9%
female: 99.8% (2015)
Dominican Republic
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.8%
male: 93.8%
female: 93.8% (2016)
Ecuador
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.8%
male: 93.8%
female: 92.1% (2017)
El Salvador
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 88.5%
male: 90.6%
female: 86.7% (2017)
Guatemala
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 81.5%
male: 87.4%
female: 76.3% (2015)
Honduras
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87.2%
male: 87.1%
female: 87.3% (2016)
Mexico
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.4%
male: 95.8%
female: 94.6% (2018)
Nicaragua
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 82.6%
male: 82.4%
female: 82.8% (2015)
Panama
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.4%
male: 96%
female: 94.9% (2018)
Paraguay
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94%
male: 94.5%
female: 93.5% (2018)
Peru
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.4%
male: 97.1%
female: 91.7% (2018)
Puerto Rico
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.4%
male: 92.4%
female: 92.4% (2017)
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: 98.7%
male: 98.4%
female: 99% (2018)
Venezuela
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.1%
male: 97%
female: 97.2% (2016)
World
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.3%
male: 89.8%
female: 82.8% (2016 est.) (2018)