When we look at pictures of places around the planet, it seems like such a contrasting world from country to country.  Yet, the reality is much different.  The pictures we are seeing are not truly representing what things are like for a typical citizen.  They do not represent the way we all live from day-to-day.

If you take a look around you, that is your world – what you surround yourself with for the most part of every day.  Your home – that is the real world – and this is the same for everyone, everywhere.  From this perspective, the difference does not lie in country borders, but in income.

The following pictures are from a project called Dollar Street.  It was invented by Anna Rosling Rönnlund at Gapminder. “People in other cultures are often portrayed as scary or exotic.” Anna explains: “This has to change. We want to show how people really live. It seemed natural to use photos as data so people can see for themselves what life looks like on different income levels. Dollar Street lets you visit many, many homes all over the world. Without travelling.”

Here’s a nice TED talk where she explains the project:

The following images are of six families from around the world – two from the poor end of dollar street, two from the rich end, and two from the middle.  The pair of families from each category are all from different countries.  They show that no matter what country the family comes from, they do things in almost the same way depending on how much the family earns.  Therefore, your world is very similar to anyone else’s on the planet according to your family’s income, not according to your nationality.

THE FAMILIES

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) THE FAMILY STANDING IF FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) THE FAMILY

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) THE FAMILY

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) THE FAMILY

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) THE FAMILY IN THEIR HOUSE’S DRIVEWAY

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) THE FAMILY IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE

FRONT DOOR

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) FRONT DOOR

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) FRONT DOOR

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) FRONT DOOR

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) FRONT DOOR

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) FRONT DOOR

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) FRONT DOOR

LIVING ROOM

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) LIVING ROOM

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) LIVING ROOM (ALSO STORAGE)

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) LIVING ROOM

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) LIVING ROOM

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) LIVING ROOM

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) LIVING ROOM

BEDROOM

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) BEDROOM

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) BEDROOM

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) BEDROOM

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) BEDROOM

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) BEDROOM

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) BEDROOM

WARDROBE

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) WARDROBE

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) WARDROBE

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) WARDROBE

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) WARDROBE

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) WARDROBE

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) WARDROBE

EVERYDAY SHOES

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) EVERYDAY SHOES

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) EVERYDAY SHOES

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) EVERYDAY SHOES

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) EVERYDAY SHOES

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) EVERYDAY SHOES

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) EVERYDAY SHOES

SHOWER

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) SHOWER

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) SHOWER

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) SHOWER

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) SHOWER (BATHTUB)

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) SHOWER

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) SHOWER

TOILET

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) TOILET

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) TOILET

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) TOILET

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) TOILET

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) TOILET

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) TOILET

LIGHTING

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) LIGHTING

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) LIGHTING

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) LIGHTING

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) LIGHTING

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) LIGHTING

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) LIGHTING

KITCHEN

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) KITCHEN

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) KITCHEN

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) KITCHEN

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) KITCHEN

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) KITCHEN

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) KITCHEN

REFRIGERATOR

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) REFRIGERATOR

NO REFRIGERATOR IN THE HOME OF THE JAQUES FAMILY (no image available)

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) REFRIGERATOR

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) REFRIGERATOR

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) FREEZER

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) REFRIGERATOR

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) REFRIGERATOR

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) FREEZER

KITCHEN SINK

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) KITCHEN SINK

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) KITCHEN SINK

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) KITCHEN SINK

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) KITCHEN SINK

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) KITCHEN SINK

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) KITCHEN SINK

DISHWASHING

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) DISHSOAP (IS DIRT TO SCRUB)

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) DISH RAG

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) DISHSOAP (ALSO LAUNDRY SOAP)

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) DISHRAG

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) DISHSOAP

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) DISH SPONGE

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) DISHSOAP

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) DISH SPONGE

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) DISHSOAP AND BRUSH

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) DISHWASHER

DRINKING WATER

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) DRINKING WATER

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) TO GET THE DRINKING WATER

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) DRINKING WATER

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) TO GET WATER

Middle Class

CENTRAL JAVA REGION OF INDONESIA: $459 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Rahmat family) DRINKING WATER

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) DRINKING WATER

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) DRINKING WATER

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) DRINKING WATER

TOYS

Poor

BENGAL, INDIA: MONTHLY INCOME $29 (Home of the Chowdhury family) TOYS (OBJECTS FOUND FROM TRASH)

CENTRAL PLATEAU OF HAITI: $39 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Jacques family) TOYS

Middle Class

THE RAHMAT FAMILY HAS NO CHILDREN  (no image available)

ILLINOIS, USA: $960 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Stringini family) TOYS

Rich

AMMAN, JORDAN: $7,433 MONTHLY INCOME (Home of the Murad family) TOYS

KIEV, UKRAINE: $10,090 MONTHLY INCOME. (Home of the Sdambulyak family) TOYS

 

Visit the website for more pictures of these families homes and dozens of other families around the world. You can even browse by item. It is very interesting and well worth checking out.

You can also live on Dollar Street by adding your house (or someone elses) to the projects database here!

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