The United States ranks first in military spending, first in murders, first in rapes and first in road accidents in the industrialized world, according to a report to the United Nations released Wednesday.
The 1994 Human Development Report said the United States spends $290 billion a year to defend its borders, while crime within its borders cost an estimated $425 billion in 1992.It said 20 children a day died from gunshot wounds in 1992, 14 million crimes were reported to police, more than 2 million workers were physically attacked and nearly 6.5 million others were threatened with violence.
There were more than 150,000 reported rapes in the United States in 1993, it said.
Consumer spending on narcotics in the United States is thought to exceed the combined incomes of more than 80 developing countries, said the report prepared for the U.N. Development Program.
During the 1980s, real earnings of Americans fell by 3 percent, and nearly 15 percent of the population now lives below the poverty line. Between 1987 and 1990, real benefit spending per old age pensioner declined by 40 percent, it said.
"What is bad for white America is much worse for black America: One third of whites live in areas polluted by carbon monoxide, but the figure for blacks is nearly 50 percent. The unemployment rate for blacks is twice that for whites," it said.