Dividing the world up by 6 socioeconomic variables including extreme wealth [infographic]

Max Galka created this great interactive graphic shows how the world is divided according to six different socioeconomic variables, including the distribution of billionaires and extreme wealth.

The land area of each country represents its share of the worldwide total.

Click on a circle to reshape the map

For this map, Galka looked at several different socioeconomic variables including:

1. GDP

The GDP-scaled map makes it clear how dominant the U.S. economy is.

The next closest country, China, has only about half the economic size, despite having a population four times as large.

2. Government Debt

Looking at the world scaled by government debt, the first thing that jumps out is Japan.

Their national debt is 2.3 times as large as their GDP. The U.S. debt is small by comparison, roughly equal to the U.S. GDP.

3. Population / Births map world population people

Asia is home to about three fifths of world’s population, and arguably the 10 largest human settlements in the world.

On their own, China and India each have more people than Europe, Africa, or the Americas.

However, the balance is shifting toward Africa, which is not far behind Asia in terms of annual births.

According to a report by UNICEF, 40% of the world could be African by the end of the century.

4. Wealth

Compared to the income gap, the wealth gap shows a more pronounced divide between developed and developing nations.

5. Extreme Wealth

The U.S. has the highest number of billionaires, but relative to population size, it has fewer than either the U.K. or Germany.

There are also many billionaires living in small Middle Eastern and fiscal paradise countries.

Source: Macrocosm


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