The Measure of America

Get Ready to be Surprised! Coming July 16 from Columbia University Press: The Measure of America is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation. It introduces the American Human Development Index, which provides a single measure of well-being for all Americans, disaggregated by state and congressional district, as well as by gender, race, and ethnicity. The Index rankings of the 50 states and 436 congressional districts reveal huge disparities in the health, education, and living standards of different groups. Clear, precise, objective, and authoritative, this report will become the basis for all serious discussions concerning the realization of a fair, just, and globally competitive American society.


Sarah Burd-Sharps served as the deputy director of the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report Office until September 2006.

Kristen Lewis was a lead author of the water and sanitation report of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffrey Sachs, and writes extensively on development, gender, and the environment.

Eduardo Borges Martins was coauthor of the pathbreaking Atlas of Human Development in Brazil.


Humantific | UnderstandingLab is an internationally recognized Visual SenseMaking firm located in New York and Madrid.


The American Human Development Project is a nonprofit initiative funded by
Oxfam America
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
Social Science Research Council
Additional support from
Annenberg Foundation


Carefully crafted by the authors to be nonpartisan, we are hopeful that The Measure of America 2008-2009 will become a significant catalyst for societal change in the United States.

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