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CHART: In Terms of Social Progress, America is Not #1 -- It's #16

Michael E. Porter | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Michael E. Porter

As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as a world leader. Yet the new Social Progress Index, a comprehensive framework measuring numerous important social outcomes, paints a very different picture - the U.S. ranks only 16th of 132 countries measured, behind other large countries such as Germany, the UK, Japan and Canada. On Health and Wellness, for example, we spend more on health care than any country in the world but in terms of the outcomes achieved--such as obesity and life expectancy--we are number 70 in the world, way below our advanced economy peers.

New Social Progress Index Ranks U.S. 16th Out of 132 Countries

The Daily Beast | Brandy Zadrozny | Posted 04.04.2014 | World

America isn’t number one this time. Despite having the second-highest GDP on the 132-country list, the U.S. falls shorts on basic human needs, healt...