Quiz: How does the United States rank?

Select the rank that you believe represents the United States’ relative position among the 18 rich democracies. Please note that data on the income inequality index and on the gap between rich and poor is available for seventeen countries. Data on public child care places is available for fourteen countries. Higher ranks mean that you believe the United States is performing relatively better and lower ranks mean worse. You may find the following guide useful: excellent or best practice, ranks 1–3; very good, ranks 4–6; good, ranks 7–9; moderate, ranks 10–12; poor, ranks 13–15; very poor or worst practice, 16–18.

On the indicators themselves, a high value is worse for most indicators: higher greenhouse gases per capita means a lower rank. For three indicators, a high value is better, and means a higher rank. These indicators are: the amount of paid maternity leave, the number of publicly funded child care places, and GDP per capita.

How the United
States really ranks
Environment Greenhouse gas per capita
  Air pollution (NO) per capita
  Threatened mammals
Social Equality Income inequality index
  Gap between rich and poor
  Child poverty
Family Paid maternity leave
  Death of mother at childbirth
  Public child care places
Work Hours of work
  Part-time employment
  Union membership
Health Infant mortality
  Soft drinks consumed
Other Imprisonment per capita
  Income (GDP) per capita

How does Australia rank?
How does Sweden rank?

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