Brookings Data Now: Minimum Wage, Student Loan Debt, Helsinki, and More

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: minimum wage, global poverty, troops in Afghanistan, student loan debt, China’s trade with Africa,  Helsinki innovates, and life expectancy in Nigeria. 

73% Percent of Americans who favor increasing the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $10.00/hour. Support when disaggregated by political affiliation: Democrats (88%); Independents (73%); Republicans (50%). See more polling data from the 2013 Economic Values Survey »
½ billion Since 2000, half a billion fewer people are living under $1.25 per day. Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals and the Brookings Blum Roundtable »
63,000 Number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan as of July 2013. Get more data in the Afghanistan Index »
77% Percent of households with student loan debt under $25,000. About 1 percent of households have student loan debt greater than $100,000. Find out why this may not be the crisis some claim it to be »
$180 bn Value of China’s trade with Africa in 2012. It was $10 billion in 2000. China is now Africa’s second-largest trading partner after the European Union.
17th Helsinki, Finland’s rank in patenting per resident among 296 global metropolitan areas, between Raleigh, North Carolina and Austin, Texas.
52 Life expectancy in Nigeria, below the African average.