United States

GDP (PPP) per capita (2015): 52,549.01 Int. Dollar Population (2015): 321,418,820 HDI (2015): 0.92
ND-GAIN Country Index rank 11
Score: 76.1
Trend:
down
Vulnerability 0.247
Readiness 0.769

The low vulnerability score and high readiness score of The United States places it in the lower-right quadrant of the ND-GAIN Matrix. Adaptation challenges still exist, but The United States is well positioned to adapt. The United States is the 5th least vulnerable country and the 13th most ready country.

ND-GAIN Ranking since 1995

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Denotes worst scores
Indicator 1996 to 2015 Score
Vulnerability
0.247
Food
0.344
Projected change of cereal yields
0.814
Projected population change
0.337
Food import dependency
0.026
Rural population
0.198
Agriculture capacity
0.659
Child malnutrition
0.033
Water
0.288
Projected change of annual runoff
0.207
Projected change of annual groundwater recharge
0.701
Fresh water withdrawal rate
0.136
Water dependency ratio
0.113
Dam capacity
0.552
Access to reliable drinking water
0.018
Health
0.028
Projected change of deaths from climate change induced diseases
0.030
Projected change in vector-borne diseases
0.112
Dependency on external resource for health services
-
Slum population
0
Medical staff
0
Access to improved sanitation facilities
0
Ecosystem Services
0.419
Projected change of biome distribution
0.624
Projected change of marine biodiversity
1.000
Natural capital dependency
0.026
Ecological footprint
0.181
Protected biome
0.434
Engagement in international environmental conventions
0.247
Human Habitat
0.251
Projected change of warm periods
0.185
Projected change of flood hazard
0.535
Urban concentration
0.028
Age dependency ratio
0.226
Quality of trade and transport infrastructure
0.204
Paved roads
0.329
Infrastructure
0.151
Projected change of hydropower generation capacity
0.436
Projected change of sea level rise impacts
0.010
Dependency on imported energy
0.103
Population living under 5m above sea level
0.104
Electricity access
0
Disaster preparedness
0.250
Methodology

ND-GAIN Country Index

Methodology The ND-GAIN Country Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.

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