Subregional HDI of North America

What are the most and least developed regions in North America?

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Map of the subregional Human Development Index (HDI) in North America.

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The Human Development is a composite index by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Human Development Report Office. It is used to measure a country’s development. The score is based on life expectancy, education and per capita income indicators.

The Human Development Index is normally calculated on the national level. The Global Data Lab of the Nijmegen Radboud University has calculated the HDI at the subnational level.

There are some very big contrasts in North America, when it comes to HDI. Canada and the US have by far the highest HDI in North America. Alberta in Canada, has the highest HDI of all of North America (0.955). Albert even ranks 24th globally. Costa Rica, Panama, Guadeloupe and the Bahamas, also have quite a number of regions with a relatively high HDI.

Haiti is by far the least developed country in North America, with most of the country scoring between 0.45 and 0.55. Honduras also has quite a few areas with a relatively low HDI score.

Curious about the subregional HDI in South America? Check out this map.

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