United States of America
|Social and Moral Index||55th best|
|Land Area1||9 147 420 km2|
|Location||North America, The Americas|
|Life Expectancy3||78.685yrs (2012)|
|ISO3166-1 Codes4||US, USA, 840|
|UN's Human Development Index|
|Social and Moral Development|
|52||St Kitts & Nevis||68.1|
|62||Trinidad & Tobago||65.7|
The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.
The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2013).
|Life Expectancy (at birth)|
|3||St Vincent & Grenadines||2.0|
USA's population is predicted to rise to 361.68 million by 2030. These millions of extra people will all need space to live, food to eat, energy to consume, and will increase the burden on the planet's resources. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.
|Female Vote and Stand|
Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.
USA is on the way towards ending gender inequality but women are still in an unfavourable position much of the time.
|Disbelief In God|
|42||Trinidad & Tobago||9%|
|How Many Are Religious?|
Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:
It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 83% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 65% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".
For more on this phenomenon, see:
The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%, none 4% (2007 est.)9.
Of the 5% of Americans who said they do not believe in God in 2007, only a quarter labelled themselves as atheist. 3 in 20 of American who tell pollsters that they don't believe in God also still call themselves Christian, another 1 in 20 still call themselves Jewish10.
|IT Security Risks|
|Internet Users in Population|
|22||St Kitts & Nevis||76.59|
Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.
|Gross National Income|
|8||Hong Kong||$45 598|
|Global Peace Index|
|Human Rights Treaties|
|170||St Kitts & Nevis||9|
|176||Sao Tome & Principe||7|
|Press Freedom Index|
The following pages mention this country or territory. The 10 most relevant are listed:
USA: Supporting Obnoxious Regimes, 24 times, in the following sections:
3. Iran and Iraq
5.2. Disclaimer! The USA is Not Alone in This Behaviour
4.1. Negative Consequences
Abortion, Birth Control and Contraception: How Religion is Making Overpopulation Worse, 13 times, in these sections:
5. Anti-Abortion Violence and Murder by Fundamentalist Christians in the USA
6. How Faulty Teachings on Sexuality Lead to Faulty Society
3.4. Catholic Church Opposing Condoms in Africa, Despite HIV Threats
2.2. Abstinence-Only Sex Education
4. Abortion: How Religion and Rationality Clash
3. The Catholic Church's Eternal and Absolute Truth
Which Countries Set the Best Examples? (Archived page from 2005-2007), 13 times, in the following sections:
* Top of page
Creationism and Intelligent Design: Christian Fundamentalism, 10 times, in the following sections:
2. The Strength of Creationism in the USA
By Vexen Crabtree 2013
(Last Modified: 2013 Nov 07)
Parent page: What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.
(2013) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2013). Accessed 2015 Jun 25.
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.
Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.