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Harper’s Index


Number of refugees resettled in the United States in October

: 0

Rank of the United States among countries with the highest rates of immigrant children in detention

: 1

Percentage of nonmilitary drones for sale in the United States that were manufactured in China

: 80

Percentage of bottled water sold in the United States that is filtered tap water

: 64

Percentage increase since 1996 in the average price of a movie ticket in the United States

: 106

Portion of those dead ends that are in the United States

: 1/4

Minimum number of motor vehicles that crashed into non-residential buildings in the United States last year

: 20,000

Factor by which spending on the distribution of China Daily in the United States has increased over the past decade 

: 7

Amount that the United States has spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan since 2001 

: $137,000,000,000

Number of pregnant women jailed in the United States for immigration violations in 2018

: 2,098

Amount of human skin, in square footage, subsequently ordered by New Zealand from the United States

: 516

Average effective tax rate, as a percentage of income, paid by the richest 400 households in the United States in 2018

: 23

Rank of 2018 among the deadliest years since 1990 for cyclists in the United States

: 1

Average value of a payday loan in the United States

: $375

Factor by which national parks have warmed more rapidly than the United States as a whole since 1895

: 2.5

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

: 1

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

: 2:1

Rank of online-dating scams among the costliest types of consumer fraud in the United States

: 1

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

Of foreign Christian missionaries in the United States :

Minimum number of foreign electoral interventions conducted from 1990 to 2000 by the United States

Number of countries that provide more personnel per capita than the United States to NATO’s operations in Afghanistan

Percentage of Americans who think one is equally or more likely to be a victim of violence in Europe than in the United States

Estimated annual amount that the tariffs the United States has announced this year will cost the average household