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:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
According to Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, in 2011 the average United States fourth-grade reading score was 541, which makes the United States rank eleventh out of fifty countries ranked in that category. Singapore ranks first, with a score of 606. Here is the list of the top eleven countries and their scores:
According to Standard & Poor’s, the U.S. has a credit rating of AA+, which makes the U.S. rank seventeenth in the world in that category. Sixteen economies rank higher, at AAA. They are: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s 2011 Index of Economic Freedom, the United States has a “trade freedom” score of 86.4, which makes the United States tied for thirty-eighth in Namibia in that category. Several economies–Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and Switzerland–tied for first, with a score of 90.0.
According to Gallup, 16% of Americans stated that they did not have enough money to buy needed food at some point within the past twelve months. That is enough to make the United States tied for twenty-seventh with Syria, Lithuania, and South Korea, out of one hundred thirteen countries ranked in that category. Singapore ranked first, with 2% of residents reporting not having enough money to buy needed food.