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Measuring America: 10 Years and Counting

December 2018

An initiative of the Social Science Research Council, Measure of America provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education and living standards.

When Measure of America released its first national report in July 2008, the country was caught in the Great Recession’s icy grip. Ten years out from our first report, what can we say about how this economic downturn affected human well-being and shaped people’s choices and opportunities? Which groups of Americans lost their footholds on economic security, and which groups had capabilities like education and family support that allowed them to weather the crisis? Whose fortunes have rebounded, whose have stalled, and whose have taken off?

Measuring America: 10 Years and Counting

Explore trends in American Human Development Index scores over the past decade by race and ethnicity, gender, and U.S. state, revealing the uneven nature of America’s rebound from the 2007 financial crisis.

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