are you Trying to Stay the United states have the highest Standard of living? Because I do beleive your Wrong.
In terms of Education and HealthCare Sweden and Norway are the leaders. I'm not sure how else you want to measure Standard of living, the United States have huge problems with their Healthcare system(lack there of) and Education(highschool drop-outs who can't read a book even really basic ones)
United States only 79% of 17 year olds in the Secondary level of education(highschool)
That's 18th, rather sad for the world richest country.
United States - Leaders in obesity(double the obesity rate then canada)
That means that the United States are not the reason Canada has a high Standard of living, alot of Countries have high standards of living(most of Europe, Australia)
and using North Korea as an example, sure there are over 300 countries in the world, your going to find some bad countries but to say the states are the reason we are not north Korea, doesn't really make sense.
Top sports league in the world isn't even in the united States(Soccer). I mean not as a premier league
The united States are losing their Grip on Baseball to Japan and only reason they are really good now is they steal all the talented players by waving money around.
Canada is the top country in hockey even with the States having a huge population advantage.
Canada is Catching up in Football, We were the top country before and are now starting to come back mostly due to lack of funding Nationally to football Programs, if the CIS and the Grass roots level Football coast to coast can increase the amount of games played in a year(by atleast 2) that alone would do alot. There is a huge increase in enrollment in football over 5 years ago. Manitoba the amount of kids playing football is something like 3 or 4 times as many as 5 years ago.
It doesn't make sense to look towards the States.
Last few Sports: Basketball: Is strong in Europe
no other note-worthy sports.
-GOLF IS A LEISURE ACTIVITY not a sport.