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Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Adults Reading Literature1

(12-month period ending Aug. 2002)

Demographic
characteristics
Percent
reading
literature
Number
reading
literature
(in millions)
Overall population46.7%96
Gender  
 Female55.159
 Male37.637
Ethnicity and race  
 Hispanic26.56
 White51.477
 African American37.19
 Other43.74
Age  
 18 to 2442.811
 25 to 3447.718
 35 to 4446.621
 45 to 5451.620
 55 to 6448.913
 65 to 7445.38
 75 or older36.76
Education  
 Grade school14.0%2
 Some high school23.45
 High school graduate37.724
 Some college52.930
 College graduate63.123
 Graduate school74.313
Family income  
 $9,999 or less32.15
 $10,000 to $19,99937.58
 $20,000 to $29,99937.59
 $30,000 to $39,99944.111
 $40,000 to $49,99947.98
 $50,000 to $74,99952.318
 $75,000 or more60.828
 Income not reported39.89
1. “Literature” includes novels, short stories, plays, and poetry but not works of nonfiction.
Source: National Endowment for the Arts, Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, June 2004.

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