Volume 90 Issue 7 | p. 6 | Letters
Issue Date: February 13, 2012

U.S. Literacy Rate

Department: Letters

I’m a longtime member of ACS and reader of C&EN. It is an excellent magazine; it’s well researched, well written, and interesting. Thank you for your work on it.

I just read the letter from Eldon H. Sund (C&EN, Dec. 12, 2011, page 2) claiming that the U.S. illiteracy rate is 20%. The CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html) states that the U.S. literacy rate is 99%, making the illiteracy rate 1%. I’m surprised that a fact like this was not checked by your excellent staff.

By Andy Babij
Livingston, N.J.

Chemical & Engineering News
ISSN 0009-2347
Copyright © American Chemical Society