International rankings of the United States

The following are links to international rankings of the United States




As of 2017, the United States life expectancy is 79.8 years at birth, ranking 42nd among 224 nations.[7]

As of 2015, Maternal Mortality Ratio is 46th out of the countries ranked. (See Maternal mortality in the United States.)

Among wealthy nations, a study on 2016 data found the United States ranked first for child deaths by automobile accident and firearm, with overall child mortality 57% higher in the U.S. than other high-income countries. Though traffic deaths were decreasing, they were 5 times the rate in England and Wales; firearms deaths were increasing from a rate 100 times that in England and Wales.[8]




  1. ^ World Economic Forum 2014–2015 Global Competitiveness Report
  2. ^ The Economist The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013 Published: Nov 21, 2012
  3. ^ World Economic Forum 2014 Global Enabling Trade Report
  4. ^ The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal 2015 Index of Economic Freedom (XLS)
  5. ^ 2013 Annual Report (PDF)
  6. ^ PISA Data Explorer
  7. ^ "Country Comparison: Life Expectancy at Birth". The World Factbook. CIA.
  8. ^ Study: Kids More Likely To Die From Cars And Guns In U.S. Than Elsewhere
  9. ^ "2015Global Peace Index" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  10. ^ Transparency International 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index
  11. ^ Reporters Without Borders 2018 Press Freedom Index Archived 2014-02-14 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Economist Intelligence Unit 2016 Democracy Index Archived 2017-02-24 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ World Justice Project
American exceptionalism

American exceptionalism is one of three related ideas. The first is that the history of the United States is inherently different from other nations. In this view, American exceptionalism stems from its emergence from the American Revolution, thereby becoming what political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called "the first new nation" and developing a uniquely American ideology, "Americanism", based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, republicanism, democracy and laissez-faire economics. This ideology itself is often referred to as "American exceptionalism." Second is the idea that the US has a unique mission to transform the world. As Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg address (1863), Americans have a duty to ensure, "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Third is the sense that the United States' history and mission give it a superiority over other nations.

The theory of the exceptionalism of the U.S. has developed over time and can be traced to many sources. French political scientist and historian Alexis de Tocqueville was the first writer to describe the country as "exceptional" in 1831 and 1840. The actual phrase "American Exceptionalism" was originally coined by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin as a critique of a revisionist faction of American Communists who argued that the American political climate was unique, making it an 'exception' to certain elements of Marxist theory. U.S. President Ronald Reagan is often credited with having crystallized this ideology in recent decades. Political scientist Eldon Eisenach argues in the twenty-first century American exceptionalism has come under attack from the postmodern left as a reactionary myth: "The absence of a shared purposes ratified in the larger sphere of liberal-progressive public policy....beginning with the assumption of American exceptionalism as a reactionary myth."

Index of United States-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to the United States of America.

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