Harper’s Index — From the August 2014 issue

Harper’s Index

Minimum number of Muslims living in Norilsk, Russia, the site of the world’s northernmost mosque : 30,000

Average daily number of daylight hours Norilsk has during Ramadan this year : 23.8

Portion of people living in Illinois who say they would move elsewhere if they could : 1/2

Portion of Americans who are currently taking at least one prescription drug : 1/2

Who are taking five or more : 1/10

Estimated number of U.S. children aged two or three being prescribed ADHD medication : 14,000

Number of states with capital punishment that shield the identities of their lethal-injection drug suppliers : 9

Requests to remove search results Google received in 24 hours after an E.U. court established a “right to be forgotten” : 12,000

Factor by which the number of Internet-connected objects in the world is projected to increase in the next seven years : 4

Portion of all U.S. copyright-infringement lawsuits filed in the past year that were filed by the erotica website X-Art.com : 1/3

Estimated portion of sex crimes in U.S. jails and prisons that are committed by correctional officers : 1/2

Rank of homicide among causes of on-the-job death for American women : 1

Percentage change since 1997 in the number of U.S. businesses with no employees : +47

Weekly hours of chores worked by the average Australian boy and girl, respectively : 2.1, 2.7

Weekly allowance earned : $45, $42

Factor by which a woman is more likely to interrupt a woman than to interrupt a man : 2.9

Chance that a U.S. woman under age 35 has a tattoo : 1 in 2

That a U.S. man under 35 does : 1 in 4

Chances that the word “pushy,” when used in U.S. media, is used to describe a woman : 2 in 3

Factor by which a U.S. woman is more likely than a U.S. man to answer “I don’t know” to a poll question : 1.5

Percentage of Republican women who say it would “make no difference” to them if there were more women in Congress : 67

Portion of White House correspondents who say they have been lied to by an Obama Administration official : 1/2

Percentage of professional journalists who were college graduates in 1971 : 58

Who are today : 92

Factor by which a male college student is more likely than a female college student to drive drunk : 4.6

To drive stoned : 11.5

Portion of college freshmen from low-income backgrounds who will receive a college degree by the age of 27 : 1/4

Of freshmen from high-income backgrounds who will : 9/10

Number of local-government jobs lost since 2010 : 351,000

Portion of those jobs that were in education : 3/4

Percentage change since 2002 in the average annual income of a recent college graduate : –8

In the average debt load from student loans : +70

Estimated number of people held in forced labor worldwide : 21,000,000

Portion who are 18 or younger : 1/4

Percentage of young Americans who say they are comfortable discussing race with their friends : 20

Percentage of the world’s population who think that Jews have too much power in international finance : 34

Percentage who have never heard of the Holocaust : 36

Age of the youngest reported Taliban fighter : 11

Of the youngest British combatant in World War I : 12

Estimated number of French carrier pigeons used in the war : 20,000

Figures cited are the latest available as of June 2014. 


August Index Sources

1 Nurd Kamal Mosque (Norilsk, Russia)
2 Harper’s research
3 Gallup (Princeton, N.J.)
4,5 National Center for Health Statistics (Hyattsville, Md.)
6 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta)
7 Jennifer Moreno, Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic (Berkeley, Calif.)
8 Google, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.)
9 Cisco Consulting Services (San Jose, Calif.)
10 Pacer (San Antonio)
11 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
12 American Federation of Labor (Washington)
13 The Urban Institute (Washington)
14,15 Westpac Banking Corporation (Sydney)
16 Adrienne Hancock, George Washington University (Washington)
17,18 Fox News (N.Y.C.)
19 Nicholas Subtirelu, Georgia State University (Atlanta)
20 Andrew Sidman, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (N.Y.C.)
21 Langer Research Associates (N.Y.C.)
22 Politico (Washington)
23,24 David H. Weaver, Indiana University Bloomington
25,26 Jennifer Whitehill, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
27,28 Jeff Strohl, Georgetown University (Washington)
29,30 National Employment Law Project (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
31 National Center for Education Statistics (Washington)
32 Mark Kantrowitz (Las Vegas)
33,34 International Labour Organization (Geneva)
35 David Binder Research (N.Y.C.)
36,37 Anti-Defamation League (N.Y.C.)
38–40 Harper’s research

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  • BurtAllen

    “Percentage of professional journalists who were college graduates in 1971 : 58
    Who are today : 92″

    That explains why the quality of investigative journalism has soared in that period.

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