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Old 12-01-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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Indicators were education, health and wealth. Norway and Germany ranked top in the world, while the USA and Canada ranked 8 and 9, respectively. In the USA, Connecticut ranked No. 1 while Mississippi ranked No. 50.

Human development: Nation states | The Economist
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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Wow Italy was ranked lower than MS
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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Wow Italy was ranked lower than MS
It's not entirely fair to compare a state to an entire country. Apples and oranges.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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CT, but no MA or NJ?
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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It's not entirely fair to compare a state to an entire country. Apples and oranges.
...except that this is the whole point of the study.

Pretty wild that if you chop up the USA into 50 pieces our very worst is still better than some developed countries are on average. And countries like Britian and France are among the US's worst.

If you chopped up other countries, there would be some appalingly bad areas. Southern Italy, for example...
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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CT, but no MA or NJ?
That is not a complete list. MA, MD, NJ and NY ranked just behind CT.

Connecticut's human development is tops in U.S. | Yale Daily News

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Pretty wild that if you chop up the USA into 50 pieces our very worst is still better than some developed countries are on average. And countries like Britian and France are among the US's worst.
I agree. Pretty nuts.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Here is the entire list:

The Map Scroll: Is Part of the United States in the Third World?


Here's a different map:

http://measureofamerica.org/maps/
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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So Mississippi is actually more equivalent to Turkey. My birth-state of Arkansas is like Russia. (Without the eyes cold and gray) However Connecticut is still tops and akin to Ireland while California is above Japan. This is likely going by the older method of calculating HDI as the top nation it has, Iceland, probably really has slipped since 2009.

The newer method is kind of more favorable to the US. Rather than going by school attendance and literacy it measures the education index by "average years of school completed." Going by that Mississippi might come out above Italy because Americans tend to want a higher percentage of our population to be college educated than most nations. I'm not sure I favor this new method, but looking through the list I'm not sure the old method on education was right either. Not that I've been to either, but I don't think Italy is more developed than Germany and I don't think I've known people who went to Europe who think that either. I guess maybe I would have switched it to "reading proficiency" (rather than simple literacy) and "secondary enrollment" (Jr. High, High School), but maybe those would be too hard to measure of developing nations. In that case maybe just switch "simple literacy" to measure everyone over 11 or something.
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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That is not a complete list. MA, MD, NJ and NY ranked just behind CT.

Connecticut's human development is tops in U.S. | Yale Daily News



I agree. Pretty nuts.

Not Suprising the North East, Upper Midwest, and CA all scoring well
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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Actually meant to quote this one
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