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Alabama

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Basic Statistics

Alabama has a population of 5,024,279, of which 78% of the population is aged 18+ (U.S. Census, 2021)

37 of Alabama's 67 counties lie within the Appalachian Region

Alabama is home to the southernmost county in Appalachia—Macon County

Alabama is the 6th most impoverished state in the U.S., 18% of residents living at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level

Nearly 1 out of every 6 adults in Alabama has not graduated from high school

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Literacy

Literacy in Alabama

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23.9% of Alabama adults read below a 3rd Grade level

36.7% of Alabama adults read between a 3rd and 8th Grade level

39.4% of Alabama adults are proficient in reading texts above an 8th Grade level

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Numeracy
A silhouette of the state of Alabama with text reading, "4 in 5 Alabama adults struggle to perform basic math

Numeracy in Alabama

37.4% of Alabama adults struggle to perform math problems that require more than 1 step

32.5% of Alabama adults struggle to perform math problems that require more than 3 steps

30.1% of Alabama adults are proficient in math taught above an 8th Grade level

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County Data

Literacy by County

In Alabama's 37 Appalachian counties, 2 out of every 3 adults read below an 8th Grade level

Nearly 1 in 5 adults has not graduated from high school

Nearly 1 in 3 residents lives below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level

Black Appalachians are the majority demographic in the two counties with the lowest levels of reading ability (Hale and Macon Counties)

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A heatmap of the state of Alabama
A heatmap of the state of Alabama
A temperature bar with the lower range being 52.2%, the middle range being 74.5%, and the upper range being 90%

Numeracy by County

In Alabama's 37 Appalachian counties, 3 out of every 4 adults struggle to perform basic math

Nearly 1 in 6 Appalachian residents relies on SNAP for nutrition assistance

Nearly 1 in 5 Appalachian residents lives in extreme poverty

1 in 10 Appalachian residents lacks health insurance

Resources

Alabama Adult Education Resources

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Literacy Council of Central Alabama

2301 1st Ave. N., #102
Birmingham, AL 35203

Charge for Services:

No

Counties Served:

  • Blount

  • Jefferson

  • Shelby

  • St. Clair

  • Walker

Services Offered

  • Adult Literacy

Delivery Model:

  • In-Person

  • Virtual

  • Hybrid In-Person/Virtual

Contact Info:

Steve Hannum

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The Horizons School

2018 15th Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35205

Charge for Services:

Yes

Counties Served:

  • Jefferson

Services Offered

  • Adult Literacy

  • Adult Numeracy

Delivery Model:

  • In-Person

Contact Info:

Shon Jackson

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Village of Promise

2700 Fairbanks St NW
Huntsville, AL 35816, USA

Charge for Services:

No

Counties Served:

  • Madison

Services Offered

  • Adult Literacy

  • Family Literacy

  • GED/High School Equivalence Prep

Delivery Model:

  • In-Person

Contact Info:

T'Sha Buycks

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