The United States of America

#USA

USA
United States of America
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index31st best
CapitalWashington
Land Area19 147 420 km2
LocationNorth America, The Americas
Population2 315.79 million
Life Expectancy378.685yrs (2012)
GNI3$43 480
ISO3166-1 Codes4US, USA, 840
Internet Domain5.us
Currency6Dollar (USD)
Telephone7+1

1. Pages on the USA and Updates

2. USA National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
4Netherlands92.185.5
5Germany92.082.3
6New Zealand91.985.3
7Ireland91.682.3
8Sweden91.684.9
9Switzerland91.385.4
10Japan91.284.3
11Canada91.186.5
12Korea, S.90.977.5
13Iceland90.683.2
14Hong Kong90.680.3
15Denmark90.183.7
16Israel90.082.7
17Belgium89.783.2
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
28Korea, S.73.1
29Portugal72.1
30Slovakia71.3
31USA70.5
32Singapore70.3
33Italy69.9
34Antigua & Barbuda69.9
35Lithuania69.6
36Barbados69.2
37Latvia69.1
38Costa Rica68.7
39Israel68.5
40Seychelles68.4
41St Kitts & Nevis68.1
Data Source

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 (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
35Cuba79.3
36Chile79.3
37Denmark79
38USA78.7
39Qatar78.5
40Brunei78.1
41Czech Rep.77.8
42Dominica77.6
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
11Sweden1.9
12Tunisia1.9
13St Lucia1.9
14USA2.1
15Ireland2.1
16Iceland2.1
17Denmark1.9
18Bahamas1.9
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
4Indonesia 244.77m135
5Brazil 198.36m23
6Pakistan 179.95m233
7Nigeria 166.63m183
8Bangladesh 152.41m1171
9Russia 142.7m9
10Japan 126.43m347
11Mexico 116.15m60
Data Source

The 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. This country has a fertility rate of 2.08.

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.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
19Austria1919
20Canada1920
21Albania1920
22USA1920
23Azerbaijan1921
24Lithuania1921
25Sweden1921
26Georgia1921
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
41Albania0.25
42Malaysia0.26
43Hungary0.26
44USA0.26
45Bahrain0.26
46Tunisia0.26
47Kuwait0.27
48Vietnam0.30
Data Source

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.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
38Kazakhstan12%
39Uruguay12%
40China12%
41USA10%
42Trinidad & Tobago9%
43Albania8%
44Cambodia7%
45Dominican Rep.7%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
27Uzbekistan51%
28Ireland54%
29Serbia54%
30USA65%
31Argentina66%
32Croatia70%
33Chile70%
34Singapore70%
Data Source

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:

Christian78.3%
Muslim0.9%
Hindu0.6%
Buddhist1.2%
Folk Religion0.2%
Jew1.8%
Unaffiliated16.4%

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.

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6. The Internet

Internet Freedom
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
4Australia18
5Hungary19
6Philippines23
7Italy23
8UK25
9Argentina26
10S. Africa26
11Brazil27
12Ukraine27
Data Source
IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
268Sudan1.98
267Bangladesh1.87
266Iraq1.84
265Oman1.72
264Sri Lanka1.67
263Angola1.61
262China1.59
261Maldives1.57
260Tanzania1.50
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
21France77.50
22St Kitts & Nevis76.59
23Australia75.90
24USA74.25
25Estonia74.16
26Belgium73.73
27Austria72.73
28Hong Kong71.85
Data Source

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.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Personal Charitability (2013-2016)11
CountryValue11
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
4Canada3.75
5Australia5.25
6UK6.75
7Ireland6.75
8Sri Lanka8
9Qatar9
10Trinidad & Tobago10
11Netherlands10
12UAE12
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
13Ireland7.8
14UK7.8
15Denmark7.8
16USA7.8
17Taiwan7.8
18Qatar7.7
19Japan7.7
20Cyprus7.7
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Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
85Swaziland2.03
86Ecuador2.03
87Equatorial Guinea2.04
88USA2.06
89China2.06
90Dominican Rep.2.07
91Bangladesh2.07
92Guinea2.07
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Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
24Spain98
25Czech Rep.98
26Denmark98
27USA98
28Hungary98
29France98
30Belarus97
31Ukraine97
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Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
170St Kitts & Nevis9
171Comoros9
172Guinea-Bissau8
173USA8
174Somalia8
175Eritrea8
176Sao Tome & Principe7
177Grenada7
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
29UK99.1
30Ghana99.1
31Suriname99.2
32USA99.2
33Lithuania99.2
34Slovenia99.2
35Spain99.2
36France99.2
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2912
2Israel4.1112
3Japan3.5812
...
8Austria3.0013
9Switzerland2.9614
10Germany2.8412
11USA2.7415
12Belgium2.4612
13Slovenia2.3912
14France2.2612
15Australia2.2516
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
4Singapore$52 613
5Norway$48 688
6Luxembourg$48 285
7Brunei$45 690
8Hong Kong$45 598
9USA$43 480
10UAE$42 716
11Switzerland$40 527
12Netherlands$37 282
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
13Panama7.3
14UAE7.2
15New Zealand7.2
16USA7.1
17Luxembourg7.1
18France7
19Ireland7
20UK6.9
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
56Estonia63.8
57Sri Lanka63.7
58Georgia63.6
59USA63.5
60Paraguay63.5
61Brazil63.4
62Poland63.1
63Venezuela62.9
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
33New Zealand90
34Croatia90
35Switzerland90
36USA88
37Finland85
38Guam80
39Czech Rep.80
40Slovenia70
Data Source

By Vexen Crabtree 2013
(Last Modified: 2013 Nov 07)
http://www.humantruth.info/usa.html
Parent page: What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life

References: (What's this?)

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 17.

Gallup
(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.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

United Nations
(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.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  9. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  10. Pew Forum research results "Not All Nonbelievers Call Themselves Atheists" (2008).^
  11. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  12. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  13. OECD (2016) data for year 2015.^
  14. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  15. OECD (2016) data for year 2013.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2011.^

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