United States

GDP (PPP) per capita (2012): 41,187.66 USD
Population (2012): 306,771,529
ND-GAIN Index rank 13
Score: 79.0
Trend:
down
Vulnerability 0.199
Readiness 0.779

The low vulnerability score and high readiness score of The United States places it in the lower-right quadrant of the Readiness Matrix. Adaptation challenges still exist, but The United States is well positioned to adapt. The United States is the 17th least vulnerable country and the 14th most ready country.

ND-GAIN Ranking since 1995

Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking
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13
Denotes worst scores
Indicator Composition 1995 to 2012 Raw Score
Vulnerability
0.199
Food
0.134
Food capacity
- 0.226
Food import dependency
3 % 0.030
Malnutrition
0.6 % 0.060
Rural population
17.6 % 0.176
Variation of cereal yield
0.04 0.080
Yield change
7.49 % 0.229
Ecosystems
0.342
Dependency on natural capital
0.01 % 0.028
Ecological footprint
1.44 0.356
Projected Biome Threat
- -
International Environmental Conventions
1 0
Protected biomes
49.35 0.506
Habitat
0.266
Value lost due to electrical outages
- -
Slums
- -
Threatened species
0.59 % 0.587
Trade and transport infrastructure
4.15 0.170
Urban concentration
7.63 % 0
Urban excess growth
0.41 % 0.706
Urban risk
36.52 0.456
Health
0.268
Disability adjusted life years
37.00 % 0.925
External health dependence
0 % 0
Disease mortality
6.7 % 0.135
Life expectancy
78.6 0.127
Maternal mortality
0 % 0.010
Health workers per capita
1.54 0.414
Infrastructure
0.060
Coastal area
2.57 % 0.026
Coastal population
6.20 % 0.062
Energy access
100.0 % 0
Energy sensitivity
2,622.2 % 0.262
Road flooding
0.82 0.008
Paved roads
100.00 % 0
Water
0.123
Precipitation change
44.9 % 0.449
Temperature change
1.0 °C 0
Improved sanitation facilities
100.0 % 0
Water access
99.0 % 0.010
Water disease
- -
Water use
15.6 % 0.156
Methodology

ND-GAIN Index

Methodology The ND-GAIN Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (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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