Here's what life is like for the average family on planet Earth

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.

The average family on Earth might look something like this.

They might live in a ramshackle but permanent home. They might live in a larger home with an extended family.

They have got food on the table.

They have got salt and spices to enhance flavour.

They might drink water from a hose or a bottle. They probably have access to improved water sources.

They might clean with a bucket or a shower.

Their most-loved toy might be a computer, a teddy bear, a soccer ball, or a plastic sword.

Their most-loved item might be sewing scissors, bracelets, phones, or a savings book.

They might wash clothes in a bucket or a washing machine.

They have decorations on the wall.

They might have a TV.

They probably have toothpaste.

They have plastic toothbrushes, though some might share one.

They might have a rug on the floor.

They have got plates to eat on.

They probably have a cell phone.

They have soap to wash their hands.

Their hands might look like this.

Their palms might look like this.

They have a container for storing grain.

They might have a lock on the front door.

They might store food in a refrigerator, might store it in a bucket.

They have got shoes to wear every day.

They probably have soap to wash dishes.

They might have metal cutlery or might have plastic.

They have got cups to drink from.

They probably don't have toilet paper but do have a bucket of water.

They have got books to read.

They have got chairs to sit on.

They have got stoves to cook on, though they may be dangerously smokey.

They might have beds or might have sleeping mats.

They might have a sit down toilet, a squat toilet, or an outhouse.

Their teeth might look like this.

They pets might look like this.

They dream of being able to pay for things: a car, a fridge, a school, a moped.

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