An easy-to-understand guide to where different groups stand today, and why. The book contains American Human Development Index rankings for all 50 states, 435 congressional districts, major metropolitan areas, racial and ethnic groups, as well as men and women. It concludes with a set of recommendations for priority actions required to close the stark gaps that separate groups. Order from NYUP or Kindle.
The Measure of America 2008-2009:
The first report marks the first-ever human development report for a developed nation, as well as the first life expectancy calculations for major racial and ethnic groups, states, and congressional districts in the United States. The report introduces the American Human Development Index, and outlines challenges as well as recommendations to improve human development scores.
STATE AND LOCAL REPORTS
While Marin as a whole scores extremely high on the American Human Development Index, a closer examination at the Census Tract level shows large gaps between differing groups. This report outlines particular human development challenges in Marin and concludes with a set recommendations to close these gaps.
This timely report goes beyond the state’s fiscal and budgetary woes to examine the well-being of its people using the American Human Development Index to rank all 233 Census neighborhoods, and introduces the ‘Five Californias’ to highlight the varied opportunities open to differing groups.
Louisiana ranks 49th among U.S. states and Washington, D.C. on the American Human Development Index. This study examines the wide disparities within the state by parish, race, and gender in Louisiana, and calls for action to address the acute human vulnerability that persists today, four years after Hurricane Katrina.
Mississippi ranks last among U.S. states on the American Human Development Index. But some groups in the state enjoy well-being levels similar to those in top-ranked Connecticut, while others experience levels of human development of the average American nearly a half century ago.
State of the Congress:
How representative are our representatives? The 113th Congress is the most diverse group of representatives in history. Yet its members are still significantly more likely to be male, white, and over 65 than other Americans. And in terms of basic well-being and access to opportunity, members of Congress are far ahead of the average in earnings and education but lag in life expectancy.
Youth Disconnection in New York City:
Following our recent “One in Seven” research on disconnected youth, we have taken a closer look at the 55 Census-defined neighborhoods of NYC. Which neighborhoods in each borough are doing best? Which struggle the most with youth disconnection—young people ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working?
One in Seven: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Areas:
An astonishing one in every seven Americans ages 16 to 24 is neither working nor in school—5.8 million young people in all. As their peers lay the foundation for a productive, fulfilling adulthood, these disconnected youth find themselves adrift at society’s margins, unmoored from the structures that confer knowledge, skills, identity, and purpose.
Women’s Well-Being: Ranking America’s Top 25 Metro Areas:
Women are not a monolithic group, and this report explores how different women are faring in the country’s most populous metropolitan areas. How do metro areas stack up when it comes to women’s choices, opportunities, and overall well-being? And how does your hometown rate?
A Century Apart 2010:
Our national conversation about race tends to take place in black and white, yet the greatest disparities in human well-being to be found in the U.S. are between Asian Americans in New Jersey and Native Americans in South Dakota. An entire century of human progress separates the worst-off from the best-off groups within the U.S.
29 Reasons for Optimism 2010:
Residents of 29 countries live longer lives, on average, than Americans—while spending up to eight times less on their health. This report ranks the 50 states and Washington, D.C. against 80 countries in the world on life expectancy at birth, infant death rates, and annual per person spending on health care. The results powerfully demonstrate how better care and reining in costs are not incompatible.
Goals for the Common Good 2009:
This report is a companion piece to the online Common Good Forecaster,™ a joint product of United Way and the American Human Development Project. It takes a closer look at the ten indicators featured on the Forecaster and makes the case for why education matters to each of these critical areas.
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