ⓘ International rankings of the United States


ⓘ International rankings of the United States

  • World Economic Forum 2018–2019 Global Competitiveness Report, ranked 2 out of 141 countries
  • Fraser Institute Economic Freedom of the World 2013 Annual Report Economic Freedom Ratings for 2011 ranked 16 out of 152 countries and territories
  • The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal 2018 Index of Economic Freedom ranked 18 out of 178 economies
  • World Economic Forum 2016 Global Enabling Trade Report ranked 22

1. Education

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment, ranked 40 of 72 in mathematics, 25 of 72 in science, 24 of 72 in reading

2. Health

As of 2015, the 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.

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


3. Politics

  • World Justice Project 2017-18 Rule of Law Index ranked 19 out of 102 countries and jurisdictions
  • Transparency International 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index: ranked 18 out of 175 countries
  • Economist Intelligence Unit 2017 Democracy Index: ranked 21 out of 167 countries
  • Reporters Without Borders 2018 Press Freedom Index: ranked 45 out of 180 countries

4. Standard of Living

  • List of countries by Human Development Index: ranked 13 out of 189 countries for 2018
  • List of countries by inequality-adjusted HDI: ranked 25 out of 151 countries for 2018