My how things have changed?

In The Measure of America 2010-2011 report, The American Human Development Project provides over 100 interesting and insightful quality of life measures. The report includes health, education, economic, social, and environmental metrics.

QUESTION: According to the American Human Development Project which of the following is true?

A. Lives an average of 9 years longer than in 1960
B. Is twice as likely to have a high school degree than in 1960
C. Has a median family income that is 50% higher than 1960 (adjusted for inflation)
D. All of the above
E. None of the above


D. All of the above Yes, it surprised me too.

In In 1960, life expectancy in the U.S. at birth was 69.7 years. Today, the average is 78.6 years.

In 1960, only 41 percent of U.S. citizens over the age of 25 had at least a high school degree. Today, the high school graduation rate is about 85 percent.

In 1960, median annual family income was $5,620. Adjusted for inflation, that is equal to $42,900. According to the U.S. Census, median family income in 2009 was $61,082.

More surprising facts can be found in the Quality of Life Indicators Report by the American Human Development Project.

For questions, contact Bill Pinkovitz