What fraction of people in the world do you think would view you as wealthy?
The world? A lot… What fraction of the world isn’t the U.S.? Hang on, I’ll ask Google…
According to Google (via Wikipedia), the United States makes up approximately 4.23% of the world’s population. But I don’t think I could say that 95ish% of the world would see me as wealthy. Because… you know… there are other wealthy nations like Canada, the UK, a lot of western Europe…
I would still assume that the majority of the world would view me, personally, as wealthy.
If that question were strictly about a fraction of the U.S. population, it would be much lower. I don’t consider myself wealthy. In fact, I don’t consider anyone who gets by from paycheck to paycheck to be wealthy. At the same time, I really don’t want for any of our basic needs. I have a roof over my head. I have food enough to the point where I have to decide what to eat before each meal. I have clothes that occasionally fit. I get by just fine. There are a lot of people in the U.S. who don’t. But I don’t think the percentage would be too high. Less than half, for sure.
Pretty much, if you’re able to spend more than a dollar a day on the usual necessities, you’re doing pretty well in the eyes of most of the world.
But what about you? Where do you land in a fraction of the world’s wealth? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.