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Harper’s Index

Harper’s Index

Percentage of U.S. apartments under construction that are unaffordable for those making less than $75,000 a year : 83 Percentage change since 2006 in the number of U.S. cities that have banned…

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Cost of a baby-stroller cleaning, with wheel detailing, at Tot Squad in New York City : $119.99 Percentage of Americans worth $25,000,000 or more who make at least $10,000 in charitable contributions…

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Percentage by which the number of international borders with barriers has increased since 2014: 48 Year in which the U.S. Census Bureau may add a category for people from the…

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Portion of TSA funding that is spent on surface transportation : 1/50 Percentage by which U.S. railway fatalities outnumbered aviation fatalities last year : 78 Percentage change since 2014 in the number of U.S.…

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Percentage of American renters who spend more than half their salary on housing : 28 Percentage change since 1996 in the price of U.S. higher education : +197 Of televisions : –96 Factor by which the…

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Number of countries that offer citizenship in return for an investment commitment : 23 Factor by which the average fee charged by migrant smugglers has increased since January : 3 Percentage of global refugees…

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Percentage of Americans who have used ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft : 15 Who have never heard of them : 33 Amount the Saudi government has announced it will invest in Uber : $3,500,000,000…

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Estimated number of U.S. children responsible for the caretaking of a family member : 1,400,000 Estimated portion of antibiotics prescribed in the United States that are unnecessary : 3/10 Portion of Americans who favor…

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Percentage of young Iraqis who regard the United States as their enemy : 93 Rank of the United States among countries that Arabs aged 18 to 24 regard as the best in…

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Minimum number of Beijing residents living in underground bomb shelters : 150,000 Percentage increase since 2014 in the annual number of reported labor strikes in China : 65 Minimum number…

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Number of people executed for sorcery in Saudi Arabia since 2011 : 4 Age of an Afghan “war hero” assassinated by the Taliban earlier this year : 11 Number of refugee children who entered…

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Portion of calls to the IRS help line that went unanswered during last year’s tax-filing season : 3/5 Percentage of middle-aged, college-educated white Americans who are millionaires : 22 Of middle-aged, college-educated black Americans : 6…

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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…

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Percentage of likely Republican-primary voters who support shutting down U.S. mosques : 27 Number of days before the Iowa caucuses that Ted Cruz officially entered the presidential race : 314 Length in days of…

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Factor by which a U.S. drone strike is more likely than a conventional U.S. air strike to kill civilians : 10 Estimated percentage of people killed in U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan…

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Average age, in years, of the thirty most frequently played holiday songs : 61 Year when the youngest of these songs, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” was released : 1994…

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Portion of physicians entering U.S. medical internships who suffer from depression : 1/30 Portion who suffer from depression at some point during their internship : 1/2 Factor by which the rate of retraction of…

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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…

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Estimated percentage change since 2010 in household food consumption in Greece : –15 Amount won by a Czech family in June for completing a reality show that re-created rural life under Nazi…

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Factor by which the average salary in the securities industry exceeded that of other U.S. workers between 1929 and 2008 : 2.3 By which it does today : 3.6 Portion of financial-services workers who…

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Percentage change since 2009 in the number of Americans who play football : –17 Who play rugby : +77 Factor by which female college soccer players are more likely than male players to suffer…

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Percentage change in the rate of global carbon emissions in 2014 : 0 Number of previous years on record in which the global economy grew and the carbon-emission rate did not : 0 Percentage…

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Number of years in the past decade in which the violent-crime rate in the United States has fallen : 8 In which the majority of Americans have believed that crime is on…

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Number of workers paid to imitate langur cries to clear New Delhi of rhesus monkeys during President Obama’s January visit : 40 Estimated number of Indian surveillance agents assigned to the wife…

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Percentage of Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2014 primary-campaign contributions that came from the United States : 90 That came from three U.S. families : 30 Year in which the first female U.S. senator took office : 1922 In…

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Portion of the hundred best-paid U.S. CEOs who earn more annually than their companies pay in federal taxes : 1/3 Percentage of Americans and Chinese, respectively, who believe their government is “on…

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Number of U.S. states that observe a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and a Robert E. Lee holiday on the same day : 3 Estimated portion of black U.S. men who are…

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Number of New York City police officers wearing body cameras as part of a pilot program started this fall : 36 Percentage of the city’s public-housing units deemed “deficient” by the New…

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