March 19, 2008

Human Poverty Index, U.S. ranking

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — skeptisys @ 1:19 pm


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.


  1. Thanks for providing the links. First thing I wondered was what the other countries were.

    Japan is too expensive, and I don’t speak the language, so I’ve got my eyes on Canada where they at least have good professional baseball. Too bad Doyle Alexander’s retired.

    Comment by Nesby Glasgow — March 31, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  2. You are so right! Japan does look like a wonderland on many respects. They are low on charts for violent crimes. They embrace science and technology, and are the top in internet access in internet broadband speed and cheapest price per MB/S.
    They did this by embracing the United States system of economics and capitalism, which the U.S. taught to them after WWII. In turn, Japan gave us Fukudome! Good deal, eh?

    Comment by skeptisys — March 31, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

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