The theme of Wednesday’s Republican National Convention is “Make America First Again,” featuring a lineup of speakers that concludes with Trump’s newly minted No. 2, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
“Unfortunately, years of bad policies and poor leadership have weakened our position in the world,” the convention website explains.
Which got us wondering: In what metrics is America almost number one? Here are a few.
- The Economy. According to the IMF, China overtook the United States as the world’s top economy in 2014, as determined by what’s known as purchasing power parity, a way to measure the gross domestic product that accounts for exchange rates. China is expected to overtake the U.S. in total GDP in the next few years.
- Health (Self-Reported). The United States may rank 27th in life expectancy, but when it comes to how healthy we think we are, we’re number three.
- Room to move. Only Canada has a larger number of average rooms per person at 2.5 in each household, while Americans enjoy 2.4.
- Beer consumption. While the Czech Republic led the world in per capita beer consumption in 2014, the United States was second only to China in total volume of beer downed.
- Soldiers. World Bank data place the United States at third in total size of the military, behind China and India. The size of the U.S. military has declined every year since 2011.
- Grandmaster Chess Players. The United States is tied with Germany with 89 active grandmasters. Russia has 234.
- Tourists. France edges out the U.S. with 83.7 million international visits a year to our 74.8 million, according to the World Tourism Organization.
- Patents. The United States has the second highest number of patent applications after—you guessed it—China.
- Time in Space. While America has launched the most people into space, the Russians have spent more time up there.
- Walnuts. The United States is third in world-wide project of walnuts, behind China and Iran.
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