Measure of America Releases 2013–2014 Report
The Measure of America 2013–2014, the latest national report from the Measure of America program, gauges well-being in health, education, and earnings to answer the essential question: how are ordinary Americans doing? The third in a series on the American Human Development Index, first introduced in The Measure of America 2008–2009 and The Measure of America 2010–2011, this update reveals vast socioeconomic differences across racial and ethnic groups, the fifty US states, and the twenty-five largest metropolitan areas, as well as uneven progress over the past decade.
In our era of “big data,” Measure of America calls attention to the human side of the economy, and this new analysis is already broadening the conversation on equality and opportunity. American Public Media’s Marketplace focused on the use of the Human Development Index as a metric, and Bloomberg highlighted the study’s findings that Americans are in general “healthier, more educated—and poorer.” The Wall Street Journal pointed out the disparity in well-being and growth across states, which can be masked by GDP figures, while articles in the Baltimore Sun and Slate looked at state rankings for Maryland and Connecticut, respectively, and Michigan Radio reported on conditions in Detroit and Michigan at large. Other ongoing media engagement includes coverage by Forbes, Mainstreet, Motherboard, National Public Radio’s All Tech Considered, Newsday, and Twin Cities Business.