Harper’s Index — From the March 2019 issue

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Estimated number of US Christian missionaries abroad last year : 120,000

Of foreign Christian missionaries in the United States : 30,000

Number of states that passed laws in 2018 requiring or permitting schools to display
the words “In God We Trust” : 6

To display “God Enriches” : 1

Value of cash that spilled from a Brink’s armored truck onto a New Jersey
highway in December : $510,000

Percentage of the money that had been returned to police a month later : 63

Percentage change since 2012 in the number of Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree stores in the United States : +34

In the total dollar amount of grocery sales at those stores : +79

Number of states with laws requiring government contractors to pledge
not to boycott Israel : 10

Number of congressional districts that border Mexico : 9

Number that are represented by a Republican : 1

Votes by which that district’s congressman won reelection in November : 926

Ratio of the number of Democratic House seats held by women in 1989 to the number held today : 16:89

Of the number of Republican House seats : 1:1

Percentage of Americans who did not vote in the midterm elections who say
they wish they had : 61

Percentage of the global population who say they would move to a different country if given the opportunity : 15

Percentage of Americans who say they would : 16

Percentage by which fewer Americans live in rural areas than would like to : 44

By which more Americans live in big cities than would like to : 67

Estimated portion of Japanese residences that are occupied by one person : 1/3

Number of unclaimed dead for whom a December mass funeral was held in
Los Angeles County : 1,457

Maximum number of attendees : 200

Chances an American has held off seeking health-care treatment in the past year because of costs : 3 in 10

Estimated percentage of potential organ donors between the ages of 18 and 34 whose organs are recovered : 78

Of potential donors between the ages of 57 and 65 : 11

Percentage of internet users targeted with virus scams who end up contacting
the scammers : 20

Who ultimately pay them : 6

Percentage change in the number of annual complaints filed to the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2016 : +34

In the number of publicly announced enforcement actions by the CFPB : –74

Percentage decrease in satisfaction from 2017 to 2018 among CFPB employees : 25

Percentage decline since 2010 in the number of IRS auditors : 35

Year in which the IRS last had so few auditors : 1953

Percentage of US police departments since 2014 that have reported relaxing hiring standards for prior drug use : 54

Percentage by which a City of London police officer with a taser is more likely to use force than an unarmed officer : 48

By which an unarmed officer accompanying an officer with a taser is more likely
to use force : 19

Average percentage by which superheroes in films commit more acts of violence per hour than villains : 28

Minimum number of US pre-K12 students who experienced a lockdown during the 20172018 school year : 4,100,000

Percentage of US undergraduates who say they have found their academics “traumatic” over the previous twelve months : 52

Percentage of US parents under 50 who say it’s unlikely
they will have more children : 71

March Index Sources

1, 2 Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, Mass.)
3, 4 National Conference of State Legislatures (Denver)
5, 6 East Rutherford Police Department (N.J.)
7, 8 Institute for Local Self-Reliance (Minneapolis)
9 Palestine Legal (NYC)
10, 11 Harper’s research
12 Texas Secretary of State (Austin)
13, 14 Center for American Women and Politics (New Brunswick, N.J.)
15 Pew Research Center (Washington)
16–19 Gallup (Atlanta)
20 National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (Tokyo)
21 LAC+USC Medical Center (Los Angeles)
22 Stefan Timmermans, University of California, Los Angeles
23 Gallup
24, 25 Washington Post
26, 27 Microsoft (Redmond, Wash.)
28, 29 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Washington)
30 Partnership for Public Service (Washington)
31, 32 ProPublica (NYC)
33 Police Executive Research Forum (Washington)
34, 35 City of London Police
36 Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey)
37 Washington Post
38 American College Health Association (Elkridge, Md.)
39 Pew Research Center

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