Most people on Earth have a decent life: a roof over their head, food and plates to put it on, chairs, toys, pets, and dreams.
That’s a takeaway from “Dollar Street,” a new project that shows photos of homes at different income levels around the world. Created by the Gapminder Foundation, it is meant to promote understanding about global unity and progress.
“We tend to think you have the rich, you have the poor, and nothing in between,” says Gapminder co-founder Anna Rosling-Rönnlund. “It’s rather you have a continuous scale, a very smooth distribution, where most people are actually in the middle.”
Another takeaway from the project is that income matters more than nationality.
“When you look at the certain income and you look on a very everyday item that someone has in their home to solve everyday needs, it’s striking to see how similar our lives are,” Rosling-Rönnlund says.
So what’s life like in the middle? According to Dollar Street, the median home lives on around $250 to $390 per adult per month. Keep reading to see what that looks like.
They might live in a ramshackle but permanent home. They might live in a larger home with an extended family.
They might drink water from a hose or a bottle. They probably have access to improved water sources.
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