The Measure of America
Some key findings from the The Measure of America:
* The U.S. ranks #24 among the 30 most affluent countries in life expectancy - yet spends more on health care than any other nation.
* One American dies every 90 seconds from obesity-related health problems.
* Fourteen percent of the population - some 30 million Americans - lacks the literacy skills to perform simple, everyday tasks like understanding newspaper articles and instruction manuals.
* Educational expenditures vary significantly by state; New Jersey and New York spend around $14,000 per pupil, Utah spends less than $6,000 per pupil.
* African American students are three times more likely than whites to be placed in special education programs, and only half as likely to be placed in gifted programs.
* The top 1 percent of U.S. households possesses a full third of America’s wealth.