I’m writing a short paper on recent trends in risk exposure so I went to this webpage to learn some facts about motor vehicle deaths per mile of driving. We know that crime and pollution risk have both fallen sharply in big cities over the last 20 years but did you know that fatalities per 100,000 vehicles has fallen from 21 to 13 between 1994 and 2009 and fatalities per 100 million miles of driving over the same time period fell from 1.73 to 1.14. For similar trends in fatalities per mile of air travel see Nancy Rose’s 1992 JEP paper. That’s progress. I look at the life expectancy tables (see Table 1) and I see a ten year increase in USA life expectancy for someone born in 2003 relative to someone born in 1950. While we focus on what to do with the 1%, don’t forget about the average. The 1% can’t be enjoying all of the gains that I’ve listed above.