Nick Kristof highlighted the backwards trend the United States finds itself in. The usual suspects of lack of universal healthcare, lack of access to quality education, racism/discrimination against minorities, child mortality/teenage pregnancy, and gun violence dragging the country down.
Source: New York Times
The newest Social Progress Index, shared with me before its official release Thursday morning, finds that out of 163 countries assessed worldwide, the United States, Brazil and Hungary are the only ones in which people are worse off than when the index began in 2011. And the declines in Brazil and Hungary were smaller than America’s.
The index, inspired by research of Nobel-winning economists, collects 50 metrics of well-being — nutrition, safety, freedom, the environment, health, education and more — to measure quality of life. Norway comes out on top in the 2020 edition, followed by Denmark, Finland and New Zealand. South Sudan is at the bottom, with Chad, Central African Republic and Eritrea just behind.
The United States, despite its immense wealth, military power and cultural influence, ranks 28th — having slipped from 19th in 2011. The index now puts the United States behind significantly poorer countries, including Estonia, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece.
We Americans boast: "We're No. 1." But how about: "We're No. 28"? My column reports that the latest @SocialProgress Index tomorrow will have the US ranking No. 28 in wellbeing around the world -- and one of only 3 countries that has slipped over a decade. https://t.co/GcsmhO45GW
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) September 9, 2020