America is by far the richest country in the world with a 2012 GDP of $15,684 billion. But when it comes to measures of social well-being, the United States isn’t number one. In fact, it’s not even in the top 10 — it’s 16th.
According to new rankings from the Social Progress Imperative and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, America has a lot of work to do.
The study, which ranks countries according to their “Social Progress Index,” measures how well a nation is doing by its citizens by including not just wealth but variables like “personal safety, ecosystem sustainability, health and wellness, shelter, sanitation, equality and inclusion, and personal freedom and choice.”