The Human Development Index of US vs. Europe

The Human Development Index is a composite index focusing on three basic dimensions of human development: the ability to lead a long and healthy life, measured by life expectancy at birth; the ability to acquire knowledge, measured by mean years of schooling and expected years of schooling; and the ability to achieve a decent standard of living, measured by gross national income per capita.

The top five countries in the global Human Development Index ranking are Norway (0.953), Switzerland (0.944), Australia (0.939), Ireland (0.938), and Germany (0.936). The bottom five are Burundi (0.417), Chad (0.404), South Sudan (0.388), the Central African Republic (0.367), and Niger (0.354). The largest increases in HDI rank between 2012 and 2017 were for Ireland, which moved up 13 places, and for Botswana, the Dominican Republic, and Turkey, which each moved up 8. The largest declines were for the Syrian Arab Republic (down 27), Libya (26), and Yemen (20).

The map below shows the Human Development Index of the U.S. compared to Europe (2017)

Human Development Index of US vs. Europe

Top 20 US states and EU countries with the highest Human Development Index:
1. Massachusetts – 0.960
2. Connecticut – 0.957
3. Norway – 0.953
4. District of Columbia – 0.950
5. Minnesota – 0.950
6. North Dakota – 0.948
7. Colorado – 0.947
8. New Hampshire – 0.947
9. New Jersey – 0.946
10. New York – 0.946
11. Washington – 0.945
12. Switzerland – 0.944
13. Hawaii – 0.943
14. Alaska – 0.942
15. Maryland – 0.940
16. Vermont – 0.938
17. Ireland – 0.938
18. Nebraska – 0.937
19. Wyoming – 0.937
20. Germany – 0.936

Top 20 US states and EU countries with the lowest Human Development Index:
1. Moldova – 0.700
2. Ukraine – 0.751
3. Bosnia and Herzegovina – 0.768
4. Georgia – 0.780
5. Albania – 0.785
6. Serbia – 0.787
7. Turkey – 0.791
8. Belarus – 0.808
9. Romania – 0.811
10. Bulgaria – 0.813
11. Russian Federation – 0.816
12. Croatia – 0.831
13. Hungary – 0.838
14. Latvia – 0.847
15. Portugal – 0.847
16. Slovakia – 0.855
17. Andorra – 0.858
18. Lithuania – 0.858
19. Poland – 0.865
20. Mississippi – 0.866

Human Development Index U.S. States and European Countries

Human Development Index U.S. States and European Countries

Data: undp.org

Another map of the U.S. States labeled as countries with comparable Human Development Index (2018)

Map of the U.S. States labeled as countries with comparable Human Development Index
Reddit user: Wholesome

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