The United Nation Development Program (UNDP) produces a report on human development around the world. Included in this report is the Human Poverty Index (HPI), that provides information on poverty. The HPI that is used for countries with high human development, including the United States, is the HPI2, consisting of 4 aspects:
1) Probability at birth of not surviving to age 60;
2) Adult literacy rate;
3) Long-term unemployment; and
4) Population (%) living below 50% of the median income.
The United States is ranked 17th out of 19 countries ranked using HPI2 (the 2 countries that had worse scores are Italy and Ireland). The United States are the worst of this group in 2 categories: 1. survival rate to age 60; and 4. people living below 50% of the median income. We, as a country, have to do better in keeping our people healthy and in better life situations.