We're Number One!

Just a few decades ago, the U.S. was among the world’s leaders when it came to indicators of how well our children were doing. Today, we’re Number One in a whole lot of other ways.

  • Highest GDP - $16,768,100,000,000 (source)
  • Most billionaires - 536 (source)
  • Most money spent on defense - $609,913,680,000 (source)
  • Highest rate of incarceration - 7 per 1,000 (source)
  • Most children killed by guns - 3.24 per 100,000 (source)
  • Highest percentage of teenage mothers - 34.2 per 1,000 women (source)
  • Highest infant mortality rate - 6.1 per 1,000 births (source)
  • Fewest paid paternal or family leave days guaranteed by federal law - 0 (source)
  • Fewest paid sick days guaranteed by federal law - 0 (source)
  • Fewest paid vacation days guaranteed by federal law - 0 (source)

It’s no great surprise that our children aren’t doing as well as they used to: 34th in child well-being

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