Real State of the Union 2013 edition

President Obama will deliver the 2013 State of the Union speech tonight, having secured a second term and seeking to cement his legacy with marque achievements.

The State of the Union speech is always highly political, overly optimistic, silent on the real controversies of the day and meant to advance a couple key initiatives.

As I wrote last year, the President's State of the Union speech is mostly rehashed, uninspired political blather that does not truly assess the state of our nation.

Last year, I listed a variety of statistics that I believe should accompany every State of the Union speech. Trends are more important than a static number alone; however, those numbers say a lot by themselves.

Here is the United State's current data and thus its state of the union:

  • United States Population: 315,217,846 (approximate)
  • Population Growth Rate: 0.963%
  • Population Below Poverty Line: 46.2 million people (15.1% of the population)
  • Jail Inmates: 735,601 (2011)
  • Prison Inmates: 1,613,740 (2009)
  • Adults under Correctional Supervision: 7,225,800 (2009)
  • U.S. Life Expectancy: 78.7 (40th in the world according to the U.N.)
  • Average Age of U.S. Citizens: 37 years old
  • United States Gross Domestic Product: $15.676 Trillion (Nominal/2012 Estimate)
  • United States Real Gross Domestic Product: $13.65 Trillion
  • Real GDP Growth Rate: A quarterly annualized growth rate of -0.14%, compared to a long term average annualized growth rate of 3.14%.
  • Per capita GDP: $49,601 (IMF) or $48,300 (CIA) [range of 6th - 14th in the world]
  • Inflation Rate: 2.07% average monthly rate in 2012
  • 2012 National Revenue: $2.492 trillion
  • 2012 National Expenditures: $$3.796 trillion
  • 2012 Deficit: $1.327 trillion
  • Current Total Debt: $16,488,908,847,828.25 (2/8/13)
  • Current Total Debt Held by Public: $11,629,086,187,262.76
  • 2012 Deficit to GDP: 8.5%
  • Total Debt to GDP: 105.4%
  • Public Debt to GDP: 70.5%
  • Health Expenses to GDP: 17.9% (2nd highest in the world according to the World Bank)
  • Total U.S. Exports: $1.851 trillion (Q3 - 2012)
  • Total U.S. Imports: $2.246 trillion (Q3 - 2012)
  • Top 5 Trade Partners: China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany
  • Immigration: 40 million foreign born people currently reside in the United States (13% of the total population) [43.7% are naturalized U.S. Citizens, 28% are legal permanent residents or visa holders, 28% are illegally in the country]
  • Emigration: Approximately 6.32 million American citizens lived abroad as of 2009 (48,000 persons per year leave for a variety of reasons)
  • Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.: 11.5 million in 2010 according to Pew Hispanic Center. (28% of all immigrants)
  • Deportations: 409,849 individuals in FY2012 (55% were convicted criminals, 21% repeat immigration violators and 17% border removals)
  • Labor Force: 155.654 million
  • Employment-population ratio: 58.6%
  • Civilian labor force participation rate: 63.6%
  • National Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (Jan 2013 about 12.3 million people officially)
  • Youth Unemployment (age 15-24): 17.6% (66th in the world as of June 2012)
  • Underemployed and Unemployed combined: 22.7 Million (14.6%)
  • Bankruptcies: 1,221,091 (2012)
  • U.S. Properties in Foreclosure: 1,836,634
  • Foreclosure filings including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repos: 2,304,941 (-3% from 2011)
  • U.S. Birth Rate: 13.5/1,000 (lowest in 100+ years)
  • U.S. Death Rate: 8.38/1,000
  • Total Fertility Rate: 2.06 children born/woman (122nd in the world)
  • Active Military Engagements: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Algeria, Mauritania,
  • Literacy Rate: 99%
  • Living with HIV/AIDS: 1.2 million

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