The latest literacy data estimates 16 percent of adult New Mexicans cannot read well, but because of social stigmas they are a hidden population. Literacy programs only manage to reach a fraction of these folks. Margaret Barker is the founder of Reading Works, an Albuquerque literacy program. She says finding potential adult students is a national problem.
“For all the literacy organizations like ours, outreach is an issue without much support,” said Barker.
The map below overlays the location of literacy programs across the state onto the percent of people who are functionally illiterate by county. The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy provided their community directory of statewide literacy programs. If you would like to be matched with a literacy program near you call: 505-982-3997
Counties are colored by the percent of adults who lack basic literacy skills. They range from a low of five percent in Los Alamos County, to thirty three percent in Luna County.
County literacy data comes from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.