Local Literacy Statistics

 

Knowledge is power, and understanding some of the facts can help bring the problem into perspective. Below are some statistics from the area as well as NYS. This information shows us that the need for improved literacy and adult education is essential in our community

1 IN 6

US ADULTS HAVE

LOW LITERACY LEVELS

  • Total population: 88,911

  • Population above 18 years: 69,351 (78%)

  • 11,558 Adults in Chemung County have low reading and writing levels

  • Language other than English spoken at home: 4.4%

  • Population without a high school degree or higher: 11.7%

  • Does not have a bachelor’s degree or higher: 80%

  • Persons below the poverty line: 16%

Chemung County Population and Literacy Statistics

Elmira Population
and Literacy Statistics

  • Total Population: 28,987

  • Population over 18 years: 22,117 (76.3%)

  • 3,686 Adults in Elmira have low reading and writing levels

  • Language other than English spoken at home: 5% (1,450)

  • Population without a high school degree or higher (age 25+): 18.4%

  • Does not have a bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+): 86.8%

  • Persons below the poverty level: 29.1% (8,435)

Schuyler County Population
and Literacy Statistics

  • Total population (2012) - 18,514

  • Persons over the age of 18 - 79.9% (14,792)

  • 2,465 Adults in Schuyler County have low literacy levels

  • Foreign born population  - 1.4% (259)

  • Language other than English spoken at home - 3.3% (611)

  • Not a High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2008-2012 - 12%

  • No Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2008-2012 - 83.6%          

  • Persons below poverty level, percent, 2008-2012 - 9.4% 

*Data was collected from 2 major sources: The Census Bureau and the OECD PIAAC study

 

Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. Data derived from Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits Last Revised: Tuesday, 17-Dec-2013 11:56:47 EST) - See more at: http://literacyeop.org/facts#sthash.BXt0SS0F.dpuf