Harper’s Index — From the June 2019 issue

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Number of tickets issued by the New York Police Department for sex in public parks in 2007 : 432

Number it issued last year : 6

Percentage by which membership at Planet Fitness gyms has increased since 2010 : 443

Number of times per year that Planet Fitness gyms offer free pizza or bagels : 24

Percentage of Filipinos who say they like American cuisine : 93

Of Americans who do : 91

Median percentage approval rating worldwide of U.S. leadership : 31

Of Chinese leadership : 34

Number of European Union countries that have agreed to participate in China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project : 15

Portion of the Académie française, the official authority on the French language, who are female : 1/9

Who are non-white : 1/36

Average amount per student by which predominantly white U.S. school districts receive more funding than non-white districts : $2,226

Percentage increase in the number of U.S. college admissions consultants since 2005 : 400

Portion of U.S. parents who say they would pay someone to take an admissions test to get their children into a “good college” : 1/3

Who say they would pay college officials directly : 1/4

Percentage of self-identified U.S. liberals who say it’s acceptable to “stretch the truth” on résumés to get hired : 31

Of self-identified U.S. conservatives : 19

Percentage of male U.S. employees who prefer higher pay to job perks like free lunches, happy hours, or additional paid time off : 15

Of female U.S. employees : 34

Percentage of U.S. workers who plan on postponing retirement because of financial concerns : 52

Percentage by which abusing a voodoo doll of one’s boss lowers feelings of “injustice” among employees : 33

Average percentage win rate for a presidential administration in court cases involving the adoption of new regulations : 69

Percentage win rate for the Trump Administration, through March : 5.6

Percentage change in annual visitors to the National Portrait Gallery since the Obamas’ portraits were unveiled : +76

Percentage by which a selfie makes one’s nose look larger than it is : 30

Percentage of facial plastic surgeons who say their patients are motivated by social media : 57

Percentage decline in climate-change coverage from 2017 to 2018 on U.S. broadcast television news : 45

Ratio of the number of record-high temperatures in the contiguous United States from 1999 to 2018 to record lows : 2:1

Rank of last winter in the contiguous United States among the wettest in recorded history : 1

Portion of Americans aged 18 to 29 who think climate change should be taken into account when deciding to have children : 2/5

Percentage decrease from 1973 to 2017 in the size of the average American household : 15.6

Percentage increase in the square footage of living space per person over that same period : 88

Estimated number of homes that would need to be built annually in California to keep up with population growth : 180,000

Average number of homes that have been built there each year since 2007 : 80,000

Estimated minimum number of new Bay Area millionaires that will be created this year from tech I.P.O.s : 5,000

Percentage increase last year in venture-capital investment in A.I. startups : 72

Percentage of U.S. newspaper circulation accounted for by papers owned by investment groups in 2004 : 2

Today : 20

Tons of toilet paper that a German paper-products supplier stockpiled in the U.K. this year in case of a “no deal” Brexit : 661

June Index Sources

1, 2 NYPD Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (NYC)
3, 4 Planet Fitness (Hampton, N.H.)
5, 6 YouGov (NYC)
7, 8 Gallup (Atlanta)
9 Peterson Institute for International Economics (Washington)
10, 11 Académie française (Paris)
12 EdBuild (Jersey City, N.J.)
13 Independent Educational Consultants Association (Fairfax, Va.)
1417 YouGov (NYC)
18, 19 Wrike (San Jose, Calif.)
20 MetLife (NYC)
21 Douglas Brown, University of Waterloo (Canada)
22 David Zaring, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
23 Bethany Davis Noll, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law
24 National Portrait Gallery (Washington)
25 Boris Paskhover, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Newark)
26 American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Alexandria, Va.)
27 Media Matters for America (Washington)
28 Associated Press (NYC)
29 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Asheville, N.C.)
30 Business Insider (NYC)
31, 32 American Enterprise Institute (Washington)
33, 34 California Department of Housing and Community Development (Sacramento)
35 Compass (San Francisco)
36 PricewaterhouseCoopers (Washington)
37, 38 Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, U.N.C. School of Media and Journalism (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
39 WEPA Group (Bolton, England)

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