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Regional literacy profile - Latin America and the Caribbean
List of countries
  General regional information
  2011
Total population (000)
  398 740
Annual population growth rate (%) ^
  1.1
Population 0-14 years (%)
  27
Rural population (%) ^
  21
Total fertility rate (births per woman) ^
  2.2
Infant mortality rate (0/00) ^
  16
Life expectancy at birth (years) ^
  74
GDP per capita (PPP) US$ ^
  11 936
Total primary school age population (000)
  58 641
Total number of primary school pupils (000)
  65 955
Total number of children out of school (000)
 (**) 2 779
      Female share of children out of school (%)
 (**) 45.2
Adult (15 years and older) literacy rate (%) Male
  92.2
  Female
  90.9
  Total
  91.5
Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%) Male
  96.8
  Female
  97.3
  Total
  97.1
  Adult Literacy (15 years and older)

Adult literacy rates
 
On average, 92% of the adult population is literate in the region (92% of male adults and 91% of female adults). This varies from 49% in Haiti to 100% in Cuba.
 
Adult literacy rates per country and gender, 2005-2011


  Youth Literacy (15 to 24 years old)

Youth literacy rates
 
On average, 97% of the youth population is literate in the region (97% of male youths and 97% of female youths). This varies from 72% in Haiti to 100% in Cuba.
 
Youth literacy rates per country and gender, 2005-2011
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Footnotes:
** UIS estimation
^ World Bank World Development Indicators
For data sources and references, definitions of literacy and more information, please consult the "Literacy" section of the UIS website.