Why America Is Still A Greatest Nation

Why America Is Still A Greatest Nation

A year after her racial reckoning, many have questioned America's status as the world's foremost superpower.

Yet, no matter the metric, the point remains—the U.S. is the greatest country in the world, bar none.

Here are five facts illustrating America's continued preeminence on the world stage.

1. The U.S. is among the world’s most racially tolerant countries.

The below infographic maps data from the World Values Survey, which—among other questions—asked respondents to select the types of people they would not want to be neighbors with.

“In the bluer countries, fewer people said they would not want neighbors of a different race; in red countries, more people did,” writes Max Fisher for The Washington Post.

2. The United States is the most generous country in the world.

A 2019 report from the CAF World Giving Index—a research project involving over 1.3 million participants across the globe—looked at 10 years’ worth of data to determine “where people are most likely to engage in prosocial activities and to champion the growth of global giving.”

According to the report, “The most generous country in the world over a decade of CAF World Giving Index is the United States of America.”

3. If the United States’ “poor” were a nation, it would be among the world’s richest.

According to a 2020 article from the Foundation for Economic Education, federal poverty statistics “omit a broad range of government benefits, charity, and unreported income.” 

“When these are counted, the poorest fifth of U.S. households consume five times more goods and services than the poverty stats reveal."

"These material resources amount to an average of more than $50,000 per household per year, making the poorest fifth of Americans richer than the averages for all people in most developed nations of the world,” the article says.

4. Immigrants flock to the U.S. in droves, and the U.S. takes more of them in than any other country.

Over 1 million immigrants enter the United States each year.

According to a 2020 Pew Research Center article, “The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants.”

For context, the United States has about 4% of the world’s population.

5. The U.S. has resettled far more than its “fair share” of refugees.

According to the Pew Research Center, “The U.S. has resettled more refugees than any other country – about 3 million since 1980.”

“Between 1982 and 2016, the U.S. admitted more than two-thirds (69%) of the world’s resettled refugees, followed by Canada (14%) and Australia (11%).”

This far exceeds the United States’ share of the world population (4%).

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