# Literacy in the house

Here is an easy riddle. Recommended for those who haven't studied too much of maths.

There are 100 people in a room.

$99\%$ of the people in the room are literate.

Some people are removed.

Now, $98\%$ of the people in the room are literate.

How many people were removed?

And don't tell me that someone was educated sitting in the room... :)

P.S.

If your first answer was $1$, you're wrong.

• I think you mean at least how many people were removed. – Rohcana Sep 15 '15 at 19:18

$50$, and all of them were literate.
With $99\%$ of people in the room of $100$ being literate, there must be $99$ literate people and $1$ illiterate person. $98\%$ can only be achieved by two fractions: $98/100$ and $49/50$. Since we must remove at least one person to decrease the percentage from $99\%$, the only possible fraction left is $49/50$ to achieve $98\%$ literacy. Therefore, we must remove $50$ literate people from the room.