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The U.S. ranks 44th in health care efficiency

15 December 2014 1 comment

According to Bloomberg.com, the United States has the forty-fourth most efficient health care system out of fifty-one countries ranked in that category. (Efficiency includes life expectancy and health care costs per capita.) The top ten countries in health care efficiency are:

  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Italy
  4. Japan
  5. South Korea
  6. Australia
  7. Israel
  8. France
  9. United Arab Emirates
  10. United Kingdom

The U.S. ranks 3rd in global competitiveness

8 September 2014 2 comments

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014-15 Global Competitiveness Report, the United States has the third most competitive economy in the world. (The U.S. ranked fifth in 2013-14.) Switzerland has the most competitive economy. Global competitiveness is “defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity.”

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Global maize (corn) production

15 August 2014 1 comment

Here’s something different from what I normally do. I found myself wondering recently about the amount of corn grown in the world. I found out here that in 2014-15, an estimated 175.5 million hectares of land is under corn production.

How much is that?

Well, it turns out that 175.5 million hectares is about 677,606 square miles.

This five states shaded in this map total 678,660 square miles, which is pretty close to the amount of land in the world under corn production.
Global Corn Production

What do you think? Should I post more maps like this? 

Categories: agriculture, economy

The U.S. ranks 7th in wireless broadband subscriptions

22 July 2014 Leave a comment

According to the OECD, there are 100.7 wireless broadband subscriptions for every 100 residents of the United States. That is enough to make the United States rank seventh out of thirty-four countries ranked in that category. Finland ranks first, with 123.3 wireless broadband subscriptions for every 100 residents.

The U.S. ranks 60th in the cost of fast food

27 March 2014 Leave a comment

According to the website Numbeo, the average cost of a MacDonald’s combo meal (or the equivalent at a different fast food chain) is $6.25, which makes the United States rank sixtieth in terms of the expense of fast food out of one hundred twenty-five countries ranked in that category. The most expensive country in which to purchase a combo meal is Norway, at $15.70. The least expensive country in which to purchase a combo meal is the Philippines, at $2.89.

Cost of Fast Food

The U.S. ranks 33rd in internet download speeds

6 March 2014 5 comments

According to the Ookla Speedtest, the average internet download speed in the U.S. is 21.72 Mbps, which makes the United States rank thirty-third out of one hundred ninety economies ranked in that category. Hong Kong ranks first, with an average internet download speed of 72.54 Mbps. The top ten internet download speeds are:

  1. Hong Kong (72.54 Mbps)
  2. Singapore (58.73 Mbps)
  3. Romania (56.69 Mbps)
  4. South Korea (52.35 Mbps)
  5. Japan (42.28 Mbps)
  6. Andorra (42.08 Mbps)
  7. Sweden (41.39 Mbps)
  8. Lithuania (40.48 Mbps)
  9. Switzerland (40.35 Mbps)
  10. Macau (40.25 Mbps)

The U.S. ranks 1st in the super rich

3 November 2013 2 comments

According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report, 2013, there are 98,700 “ultra high net worth individuals” in the world, those with a net worth of at least USD 50 million. Forty six percent of those individuals (45,650) live in the United States. That is enough to make the United States rank first in that category.

Preview of “Super Rich.xlsx”