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The U.S. ranks 15th in alcohol-related traffic deaths

11 August 2010 Leave a comment

According to data gathered by the World Health Organization in 2008, thirty-eight percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States are alcohol-related, which makes the United States rank fifteenth out of ninety-two countries who reported such data. Palau ranked first, at 100%. However, only three traffic deaths were reported by Palau.

The U.S. ranks 48th in motorcycle helmet use

9 August 2010 Leave a comment

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 58% of motorcycle riders in the United States wear helmets, which makes the United States tied with Greece for forty-eighth out of the sixty-four countries who reported such data. Several countries tied for first, with an estimated 100% helmet use: Chile, Micronesia, Norway, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, and Zambia.

The U.S. ranks 24th in female prisoners

7 August 2010 Leave a comment

According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, 8.8% of all prison inmates in the United States are female, which makes the United States rank twenty-fourth out of two hundred countries ranked in that category. Monaco ranks first, with 22.2% of its prisoners being female.

The U.S. ranks 60th in female labor participation

5 August 2010 Leave a comment

According to the World Bank, 58.9% of all American women over the age of fifteen were in the labor force in 2008, which makes the United States rank sixtieth out of one-hundred-eighty-four countries ranked in that category. Burundi ranks first at 91.0%.

The U.S. ranks 37th in upholding rule of law

3 August 2010 Leave a comment

According to the 2010 Failed States Index, the United States has a score of 3.7 out of 10 (lower score=better) in the category of “Suspension or Arbitrary Application of the Rule of Law and Widespread Violation of Human Rights,” which makes the United States tied for thirty-seventh with Malta and Mauritius (out of 177 ranked countries) in that category. The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Denmark were tied for first, with a score of 1.3.


The U.S. ranks 1st in asparagus imports

1 August 2010 Leave a comment

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2007 the United States imported 124,045 metric tonnes of asparagus, or 46% of the world’s total asparagus imports. That is enough to make the United States rank first in that category.