President Trump and the Data Behind "American Carnage"

Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States last Friday with a fiery speech about ending “American carnage.” President Trump detailed a list of social maladies facing Americans, including child poverty, a crippled manufacturing industry, poor education, crime, and drugs.

We put together a Live Story looking at the numbers for each of these topics. The story tracks the figures from 2000 to the latest date available, covering the past two administrations. The story also includes interactive charts, so you can choose multiple categories and compare their trajectories.

We deliberately left the data as raw as possible—the figures correspond directly to numbers of Americans in each category. (At the end of the story, an interactive chart enables you to view the same data as per capita percentages of the U.S. population, which has of course grown since 2000.)

While some social maladies Trump mentions have stabilized or improved in recent years, others—like drug deaths, shown here in purple—are truly dire public health emergencies. 

While some social maladies Trump mentions have stabilized or improved in recent years, others—like drug deaths, shown here in purple—are truly dire public health emergencies. 

We’ll be keeping tabs on these statistics throughout President Trump’s administration. Let us know in the comments if there’s any other data you’d like us to track!

Read: The Data Behind American Carnage