Harper’s Index — From the March 2016 issue

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Percentage of refugees resettled in 2014 who were taken in by developing countries : 86

Amount in excess of which the cash assets of refugees will be seized under a proposed Danish law : $1,400

Number of refugees arrested in the United States on terrorism-related charges since 2001 : 10

Number of natural-born U.S. citizens : 320

Chances an American charged with Islamic State–related terrorism in the past two years was a convert to Islam : 2 in 5

Percentage of Islamic State recruitment videos released since January 2014 that target an English-speaking audience : 4

Portion of Americans who worry that a family member will be a victim of terrorism : 1/2

Number of people killed by political or religious extremists on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001 : 93

Percentage of these deaths attributable to far-right-wing political extremism : 52

Percentage of U.S. Muslim doctors who say their religion has caused patients to refuse their care : 9

Number of times TSA inspectors attempted to sneak fake weapons through passenger checkpoints last year : 70

Number of those attempts that were successful : 67

Number of people injured at a Nairobi university after a security drill was mistaken for a terrorist attack : 37

Number killed : 1

Average number of months it takes for a country to recover as a tourist destination after a major terror attack : 13

After an environmental disaster : 24

Number of active oil and gas wells on U.S. wildlife-refuge land : 1,665 Percentage of New Jersey’s state prisons that are situated in environmental-contamination areas : 46

Estimated amount G20 nations spent in 2014 on climate-change-adaptation assistance for poorer nations : $4,500,000,000

On direct subsidies to fossil-fuel producers : $77,000,000,000

Minimum number of counterfeit 3M respirators seized by customs agents in Shanghai since 2013 : 120,000

Estimated percentage increase in the annual number of U.S. meth-lab busts during Breaking Bad’s five-season run : 75

Number of days since last October on which Kosovo’s opposition party has set off tear gas in the parliamentary chamber : 6

Percentage of Americans over 35 who believe that living in a democracy is “essential” : 55

Of Americans aged 18 to 35 : 29

Estimated number of years by which serving as a head of state reduces a person’s life expectancy : 2.7

Portion of U.S. retirees who return to work within two years of retirement : 1/4

Percentage of religiously unaffiliated Americans who believe in reincarnation : 25

Who believe that they have personally been in contact with the dead : 31

Number of times the average American checks his or her phone each day : 46

Percentage by which the average price of consumer goods marketed to women exceeds that of similar goods marketed to men : 7

Date on which Japan’s Supreme Court upheld a law that mandates married couples share a family name : 12/16/15

Percentage of married Japanese couples who opt to share the husband’s name : 96

Percentage of department heads at top-fifty U.S. medical schools who are women : 13

Who are men with mustaches : 19

Number of U.S. universities that have been granted religious exemptions from federal rules on gender-identity discrimination : 33

Number of U.S. universities that have opened branch campuses in Qatar’s Education City : 6

Minimum amount these universities have received from the Qatar Foundation since 2009 : $673,000,000

Date on which the World Taekwondo Federation changed its name to avoid confusion over the abbreviation WTF : 12/7/15

Figures cited are the latest available as of January 2016.

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March Index Sources

1 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva)
2 Danish Ministry of Immigration, Integration, and Housing (Copenhagen)
3,4 New America (Washington)
5 Seamus Hughes, George Washington University (Washington)
6 Javier Lesaca, George Washington University
7 Public Religion Research Institute (Washington)
8,9 New America
10 Aasim Padela, University of Chicago
11,12 ABC News (Washington)
13,14 U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
15,16 World Travel & Tourism Council (London)
17 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
18 Harper’s research
19,20 Oxfam America (Washington)
21 3M (St. Paul, Minn.)
22 U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency/Harper’s research
23 Levizja VETEVENDOSJE! (Pristina, Kosovo)
24,25 Yascha Mounk, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.)
26 Anupam Jena, Harvard Medical School (Boston)
27 Nicole Maestas, Harvard Medical School
28,29 Pew Research Center (Washington)
30 Deloitte (N.Y.C.)
31 N.Y.C. Department of Consumer Affairs
32,33 Consulate General of Japan (N.Y.C.)
34,35 Eleni Linos, University of California, San Francisco
36 Human Rights Campaign (Washington)
37,38 U.S. Department of Education/Harper’s research
39 World Taekwondo Federation (Dallas)

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