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How Does the U.S. Compare in Health, Economy and Education?

By Anthony Calabrese
September 15, 2010

Use State of the USA's interactive tools to see for yourself where the U.S. stands internationally in health, the economy and education.

Health and Health Care

Compare Health Measures for the Developed World

The U.S. had the highest total expenditure on health of any of the developed countries in 2007, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Health expenditure made up 16 percent of the entire gross domestic product and had a per capita cost of $7,290. Public expenditure on health care made up 45.4 percent of total expenditure on health -- just above Mexico at 45.2 percent in 2007.

Gross Domestic Product

Use the interactive chart below to compare the gross domestic product of the U.S. with output of other OECD countries:

See the OECD data source (PDF).

Math and Science Education

How Do U.S. Students Compare Internationally in Math?

U.S. eight-graders are behind Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Hungary, England, and Russia in math achievement according to the latest Trends in International Math and Science Study.

International Scorecard: Are U.S. Kids Keeping Pace?

Eighth-graders in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, England, South Korea, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Russia and Hong Kong are ahead of their U.S. counterparts in science achievement, according to the most recent TIMSS.

What Do You Think?

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Related: Report Sees Debt, Deficits Dragging Down U.S. Global Competitiveness

Data visualization of GDP by Anthony Calabrese, a State of the USA Web producer.

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