Sunday, January 22, 2012


Breakfast in India.

"The differences between countries are often not as great as the disparities within them."

There are rich and poor regions in the USA, in Australia, in Europe, in the UK...

Which is richer - New Hampshire or Mississippi?

Average (median) income 2010

New Hampshire $65,028

Mississippi $35,693

The District of Columbia has a GDP per person five times higher than Mississippi.

In Mississippi only 19% of those aged 25 or over have a degree, compared 48% in the District of Columbia.

Italy - lowest level of regional inequality

"In an analysis of seven countries by The Economist, Italy was found to have the lowest level of regional inequality...

"China's phenomenal growth means that on a purchasing-power-parity basis, the municipality of Shanghai has a higher GDP per head than a quarter of the regions in Britain and Italy..."

Malta - Rich-poor gap grows wider - - Times of Malta

Where are the richest and poorest parts of Australia?

The Sydney suburb of Edgecliff and surrounding area is Australia's richest with an average income of more than $186,000 a year.


In Callaghan, New South Wales, the average income is $27,388.

Zimbabwe has rich and poor areas.

Which is richer - Ireland or the UK?

(The figures below are GDP per capita 2010, in Euros)

Ireland 34,900

Iceland 29,900

United Kingdom 27,400


Which is richer - Scotland or the majority of regions in the rest of the UK?

(GDP PPP 2008)

Scotland 28,000
East of England 27,200
South West (England) 26,100
East Midlands (England) 25,100
West Midlands (England) 24,800
North West (England) 24,200
Yorkshire & the Humber 24,000
Northern Ireland 22,800
North East (England) 22,200
Wales 21,200

Thailand has rich and poor areas.

How does North East Scotland compare with most areas of England?

North Eastern Scotland 39,300

North Yorkshire 25,900
Greater Manchester 25,700
West Yorkshire 25,600
Herefordshire, Worcestershire Warwickshire 25,300
Outer London 25,300
West Midlands 25,100
Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire 24,000
Dorset & Somerset 24,000
Essex 24,000
Northumberland and Tyne & Wear 23,900
Kent 23,200
Lancashire 22,500
Cumbria 22,300
East Riding; Northern Lincolnshire 22,000
Devon 21,800
Shropshire; Staffordshire 21,800
South Yorkshire 21,500
Lincolnshire 20,500
Merseyside 20,300
Tees Valley & Durham 20,200


It is possible to narrow the gap.

"GDP per head in Germany’s five poorest states (all in the east) fell by slightly less during the downturn than in the five richest.

"This continues the dramatic convergence of the past two decades, thanks partly to huge ... funds for infrastructure, Research & Development and education, as well as the transfer of some manufacturing jobs from factories in the western states to the east.

"In 1991, just after unification, Hamburg was five times richer than the poorest eastern region; now it is only 2.3 times richer."

Regional inequality: Internal affairs The Economist


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