- This map shows each county by human development, a general measure of well-being.
- The method used to calculate this was a modified version of that
used by the United Nations, to better suit data available on the
United States. For more information on the United Nations method, see
- Five sets of data were taken from the American Community Survey by
the Census Bureau: life expectancy, income per capita, school
enrollment, percent high school graduates and percent college
- The life expectancy and income components correspond directly to
the UN method. For the education component, instead of mean and
expected years of schooling, enrollment and attainment were used
instead to produce the final component score. The geometric mean of
the three components, divided by two, would then give the final total
- The highest scoring county equivalent was Fall Church City in
Virginia, with a score of 3.98; the lowest-scoring was Quitman County,
Georgia, with a score of 0.71.
- These numbers are entirely different from values for countries
using the UN method and are not meant to be used in comparison to
other countries, only between areas of the United States.
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