Harper’s Index — From the October 2015 issue

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Amount an Arizona group donated to a police charity for the chance to tase Glendale’s mayor in June : $10,000

Minimum number of people killed with tasers by U.S. police so far this year : 35

Percentage of people killed by U.S. police so far this year who were mentally ill : 26

Factor by which a black American who is arrested is more likely than a white one to be killed in the process : 2

Portion of the world’s female prison population that is incarcerated in the United States : 1/3

Percentage of elected U.S. prosecutors who are white men : 79

Who are women of color : 1

Portion of Rwanda’s parliament that was female before the country’s 2003 constitution reserved 30 percent of seats for women : 1/4

That is now : 2/3

Minimum number of women who are arrested or beaten in Sudan each year for breaking public-decency laws : 40,000

Percentage of people living in Turkey who say they are “very concerned” about the Islamic State : 33

Of people living in Israel : 44

In the United States : 68

Portion of African lions killed for sport that are sent to the United States as trophies : 2/3

Percentage of Americans born before 1976 who describe themselves as environmentalists : 43

Of those born between 1981 and 1996 : 32

Portion of tattoo-removal procedures in the United States that are performed on women : 3/4

Factor by which a U.S. video-game player is more likely to be an adult woman than a boy under eighteen : 2

Percentage of U.S. viewers of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final who were male : 56

Percentage of Americans who say that Hollywood produces too few movies with strong female protagonists : 30

That it produces too many : 11

Portion of female U.S. college students whose parents pay for most of their education : 3/4

Of overweight female U.S. college students : 1/2

Percentage of obese U.S. preschoolers whose parents believe their children are “about the right weight” : 78

Estimated percentage of child-rearing heterosexual couples who are unmarried : 44

Of child-rearing homosexual couples : 15

Portion of U.S. small-business owners who say they should have the right to refuse service to LGBT customers : 1/3

Chance that a low-wage worker in the United States in 1968 had attended college : 1 in 6

That a low-wage worker has today : 1 in 2

Percentage change since 1977 in the inflation-adjusted cost of educational books and supplies : +1,041

Percentage of U.S. college students in study-abroad programs who are black : 5

Factor by which the children of immigrants to E.U. nations are more likely than other E.U. natives to be unemployed : 1.5

Percentage of West Germans who say there are still differences between East and West Germans : 42

Of East Germans who do : 71

Portion of black-white biracial Americans who have no contact with their white family members : 2/5

Portion of Americans under the age of five who are non-white : 1/2

Estimated number of native Spanish speakers living in the United States : 41,000,000

Living in Spain : 43,000,000

Date on which Catholic priests in Mexico performed an exorcism on the entire country : 5/20/2015

Price of a Donald Trump piñata in Reynosa, Mexico : $30

Figures cited are the latest available as of August 2015.

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October Index Sources

1 100 Club of Arizona (Phoenix)
2 Guardian (London)
3 Washington Post
4 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics/Harper’s research
5 Marie Gottschalk, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
6,7 Women Donors Network (San Francisco)
8 Elizabeth Powley, Heartland Alliance (Chicago)
9 U.N. Women (N.Y.C.)
10 Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (Durham, N.C.)
11–13 Pew Research Center (Washington)
14 Humane Society International (Washington)
15,16 Pew Research Center (Washington)
17 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (N.Y.C.)
18 Entertainment Software Association (Washington)
19 Nielsen (N.Y.C.)
20,21 YouGov (Palo Alto, Calif.)
22,23 Chris Crandall, University of Kansas (Lawrence)
24 Dustin Duncan, New York University
25,26 Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
27 Small Business Majority (Washington)
28,29 Economic Policy Institute (Washington)
30 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
31 Institute of International Education (N.Y.C.)
32 OECD (Paris)
33,34 Berlin Institute for Population and Development
35 Pew Research Center (Washington)
36 U.S. Census Bureau (Suitland, Md.)
37,38 Instituto Cervantes (Madrid)
39 José Antonio Fortea (Madrid)
40 Piñateria Ramirez (Reynosa, Mexico)

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