Top Country Databases Help Would-Be U.S. Expats
World Happiness Report There is an ongoing trend in country-ranking research to shiftemphasis from hard metrics such as gross domestic product (GDP) and per capita income toward the soft, subjective metrics of life satisfaction or "happiness."
The notion is that a nation's brand drives trade, travel, and investment, which profoundly affect the country's economy and are therefore of great interest to investors and policymakers within the country and elsewhere.
The 80 countries are selected by several economic criteria, including GDP, foreign investment, and tourism income.
The World Happiness Report points out that while the U.S. scores well in the hard metrics of per capita GDP and life expectancy, its performance in the softmetrics of social fabric have declined.
Best States is based on a large body of political, socioeconomic, and demographic data from 26 authoritative governmental and private sector research organizations, as well as more than 10,000 citizen satisfaction surveys.
States are given an overall score and are also ranked by seven broad categories (Education, Government, Economy, etc.) and by 68 individual metrics (Internet Access, Economic Growth, etc.).
World Happiness Report and Best Countries SYNOPSIS The United Nations' World Happiness Report and U.S. News' Best Countries use research and sampling to rank the world's "happiest" and "best" countries, respectively.
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