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The Social Progress Index is the only measurement tool to comprehensively and systematically focus exclusively on the noneconomic dimensions of social performance across the globe with transparent and actionable data. This is the fifth year of the index, and the index contains actionable and sharp insight for nations and communities around the world.

Key findings

  • Overall, social progress is advancing across the world. Since 2014, the world average increased from 61.80 to 63.46, and there has been improvement on nine of 12 social progress components.
  • Despite this overall progress, Personal Rights and Inclusion have seen regress since 2014, and there has been stagnation in the area of Personal Safety.
  • 133 of 146 countries register an improved social progress score since 2014, with several countries, including The Gambia, Nepal and Ethiopia demonstrating particularly notable improvement.
  • With that said, there are important negative outliers. Most notably, the United States has dropped from 85.70 to 84.78 over time, experiencing both an absolute and relative decline.
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