Study: Stockton One of America’s Least Literate Cities

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Crime, foreclosure and bankruptcy.

Some say Stockton has had a bad reputation – and now more bad news. The city is topping the list for one of America’s least literate cities.

According to a new report by Central Connecticut State University, several cities in California don’t match up to the literacy of most 5th graders.

Out of the five least literate cities, three in California made the list: Bakersfield, Anaheim and Stockton.

The study is based on circulation of the weekday newspaper, publications and journals.

And when it comes to getting an education in 2011, only about 3 in four residents at least 25 years old had a high school education, and just over 17% had a college degree – the lowest of all large U.S. cities.

The study also shows a direct link between education and income. More than one in four Stockton residents lived below the poverty line in 2011.

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