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California Human Development Index (HDI)

A Portrait of California 2014-2015

If California were a country, it would rank 34th in the world by population and 8th by the size of its economy—big enough for a seat at the G8. But that’s not the whole story. Instead of relying only on economic analysis, Measure of America’s A Portrait of California uses the human development approach to tell us how people are doing. Three dimensions—a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living—are examined in detail and presented along a simple ten-point scale: the American Human Development (HD) Index.

This 2014–2015 update of the 2011 California report allows us to compare outcomes from one place to another and to look at changes over time. The result is a comprehensive reference tool and a critical starting point for informed discussions on policy solutions. The United Way of California is proud to be one of the partners in commissioning and underwriting this innovative report.

View the full report here.
View Key Findings here.
Click here to download state and county profiles, featuring neighborhood data
Click here to view interactive county maps