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Old 06-24-2016, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Southern Italy
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A funny and explainatory map which basically sums up the economical divide about Southern Italy and Northern Italy:



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Old 06-24-2016, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Pretty sad about Southern Italy's poverty. I wonder how much money organized crime sucks out of that region.
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Old 06-24-2016, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Southern Italy
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Pretty sad about Southern Italy's poverty. I wonder how much money organized crime sucks out of that region.
The contrast is pretty stark but for once i don't believe it's the government's fault, it's the people's fault. Not everyone but the majority has a ****ed up mentality which holds the place back despite the potentialities it's got.

First of all, the practice of clientelism is far too widespread, people just vote to have personal gains in exchange, this can be seen particularly in local elections when civic lists with questionables candidates win.
Then, most people aren't part of organized crime but are in some way on their side. They don't actively defend them but they fear them and choose not to talk about the issue rather deciding to legitimize them using shady ways of doing business (for example, under the table work, tax evasion, ecc.) once they are put in a decent economical position
At the end, people want change in name but once something is done, whoever tries to change things is ousted. It appears they only want apparent change. Change can and has been enacted though, Napoli is for the meantime a decent example, as it's seen a large change at least in the central areas between 2011 and 2016, and so it's Salerno.
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Old 06-24-2016, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Finland
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But very minor compared to historical differences.

New York/Connecticut/Maryland type states used to have 4:1 income gap with Mississippi. Now it's less than 2:1. Mississippi basically has the median income of Germany.

Yes, the median household income in Mississippi is similar to per capita income in Germany. When you divide the household income by two, you're below the poverty line in Germany. So Mississippi is that rich.




Anyway, in Finland the division is not that between the south and the north, but between the west and the east.
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Old 06-24-2016, 04:52 PM
 
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Wealthiest locations seem to be on the coast and near warmer climates.
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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Nice Italian map !

In France there are differences but it's not really north / south or east / west either.... I feel weird seeing people citing the south as wealthy and the north as poor when you have Marseille which is relatively poor by french standards, whereas northern Strasbourg is really doing well, such as most of the Loire Valley.
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:40 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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New York/Connecticut/Maryland type states used to have 4:1 income gap with Mississippi. Now it's less than 2:1. Mississippi basically has the median income of Germany.
Yeah, that would be a big improvement.

By the way, when was the ratio 4:1? Do you have a cite for this?
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:33 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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When you include cost of living rural areas often do better. A house in San Francisco cost $800k, the same house in a smaller metro area is $100k. The average household income in LA or NYC is only slightly above what a mid sized metro has.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Average household income, 2012 data


The darkest green is around 30,000 USD, the darkest red is less than 20,000 USD, like maybe around 17,000 or something, they are usually extremely sparse though, like only thousands of people live there.

The richest district in Taipei is close to 60,000 USD, so I'd say it's quite unequal.
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