By what measure?goodenyou wrote: ↑Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:24 pmJBeck wrote: ↑Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:42 pmTo top it off the U.S. was ranked 18th on the 2018 World Happiness Reportvineviz wrote: ↑Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Take a look at the following standings for the United States and tell me whether you think it is overwhelming evidence of anything other than a lack of exceptional economic standing.
• 24th best education system
• 25th fastest GDP growth
• 22nd least corrupt economic system
• 28th greatest life expectancy at birth
• 12th highest economic freedom
• 4th highest GDP per capita
And #1 (Numero Uno) for immigration by a LONG shot.
If you look at "List of countries by net migration rate" on Wikipedia (so immigration rate), the US is behind dozens of countries (Switzerland, UK, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, etc.).
If you look at "List of sovereign states and dependent territories by immigrant population" (so number of immigrants actually in the country), on a per capita basis the US is again behind dozens of countries (Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Sweden, Australia, etc.).
If you don't compare per capita, it's not a fair comparison. Of course the US is going to have more immigrants than a country with a fifth of the population, so you immediately cut the comparison group to about 20, most of which are not developed, and all but two still with a lower population.
So the US isn't even near the top on this one either.