President Obama will deliver the 2015 State of the Union speech tonight. The speech is expected to touch on income inequality, higher education and cyber security among other issues.
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.
These speeches are used to advance a political agenda rather than deliver a true assessment of the state of our nation.
For the last two years, 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 current data on the United States, thus the 2015 edition of the real state of the union:
- United States Population: 321,362,789 (approximate)
- Population Growth Rate: 0.8% (slowest growth since the Depression era)
- Population Below Poverty Line: 45.3 million people (14.5% of the population)
- Jail Inmates: 731,000 (2013)
- Prison Inmates: 1,574,700 (2013)
- Adults under Correctional Supervision: 6,899,000 (down 0.6% in 2013, smallest number in 10 years)
- U.S. Life Expectancy: 78.8 (U.S. record high, 36th in the world according to the W.H.O.)
- Average Age of U.S. Citizens: 37.6 years old
- United States Gross Domestic Product: $17.55 Trillion (+5%) (Real/2014 Q3)
- United States Real Gross Domestic Product: $15.9 Trillion (+6.4%) (Nominal/2013 Q3)
- Per capita GDP: $53,000 (IMF) or $52,800 (CIA) [range of 9th - 14th in the world]
- Inflation Rate: 1.6% average monthly rate in 2014
- 2014 National Government Revenue: $3.02 trillion
- 2014 National Government Expenditures: $$3.5 trillion
- 2014 Deficit: $483 billion
- Current Total Debt: $18,080,794,482,225.47 (1/16/15)
- Current Total Debt Held by Public: $12,971,502,433,051.37
- 2014 Deficit to GDP: 2.8%
- Total Debt to GDP: 107.1%
- Public Debt to GDP: 73.5%
- Total U.S. Exports: $2.147 trillion (Jan - Nov. 2014)
- Total U.S. Imports: $2.608 trillion (Jan - Nov. 2014)
- Top 5 Trade Partners: Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Germany
- Immigration: Appx. 40.8 million foreign born people currently reside in the United States;
- 779,929 persons naturalized in 2013;
- 990,553 people became legal permanent residents;
- 69,909 persons were admitted to the United States as refugees;
- 25,199 individuals were granted asylum, including 15,266 who were granted asylum affirmatively by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and 9,933 who were granted asylum defensively by the Department of Justice. The leading countries of nationality for persons granted either affirmative or defensive asylum were China, Egypt, and Ethiopia.
- Emigration: Approximately 6.8 million American citizens lived abroad as of Jan. 2013
- Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.: 11.3 million in 2013 according to Pew Hispanic Center.
- Deportations: 438,421 individuals in FY2013 The leading countries of origin for those removed were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
- Labor Force: 156.129 million (62.7% participation rate)
- Employment-population ratio: 59.2%
- Civilian labor force participation rate: 62.8%
- National Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (Jan 2013 about 8.7 million people officially)
- Bankruptcies: 963,739 (-12% from a year earlier)
- U.S. Properties in Foreclosure: 642,927 (banks repossessed 327,069 homes, down 29 percent from 2013. Completed foreclosures declined 69 percent from their peak of 1.05 million in 2010.)
- U.S. Birth Rate: 62.5/1,000 (lowest in 100+ years)
- U.S. Death Rate: 7.32/1,000
- Total Fertility Rate: 1.86 children born/woman (lowest since 1986)
- Active Military Engagements: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and military advisory rolls in Jordan, Uganda, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda and Chad.
- Literacy Rate: 99%
- Living with HIV/AIDS: 1.2 million+
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