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Sustainable Development Report of the US

US State-level data from 2018 Index and Dashboards

Report Description

This report analyzes the baseline of the 50 US states on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were unanimously adopted by the world’s governments in September 2015 as the globally agreed framework to achieve sustainable development, meaning the combination of social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic development. The SDGs thereby constitute a set of globally agreed goals for achieving sustainable development with quantified targets for the year 2030. This report, building on the Global SDG Index and Dashboards published each year by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and on SDSN’s 2017 and 2018 US Cities Index Reports, draws on 103 indicators at the US State level. While in some cases the indicators are identical across reports, in others the indicators vary due to data availability and varying policy relevance at different levels of governance. The results show significant geographical variation across the US, as well as the need for significant improvements nationwide to achieve No Poverty (Goal 1), Gender Equality (Goal 5), Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10), Climate Action (Goal 13) and Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions (Goal 16).

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The data is distributed in Excel format.

  1. Cross-sectional data from most recent year, US State Index Results 2018, available in Excel format.


US State Index and Dashboards - Methodology 2018


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Authors: Jeffrey D. Sachs (SDSN and SDG USA), Alainna Lynch, Anna LoPresti, and Caroline Fox (SDG USA)

Publication design and layout by Pica Publishing.


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The views expressed in this report do not reflect the views of any organization, agency or programme of the United Nations. It has been prepared by a team of independent experts of the SDSN Secretariat.

This report has been prepared with the extensive advice and consultation of the SDSN Leadership Council members. Members of the Leadership Council listed serve in their personal capacities, so the opinions expressed in this report may not reflect the opinions of their host institutions. Members are not necessarily in agreement with every detail of this report.

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