When I try to look into standard of living in a given country, I try to find median income figures. I can almost never find them. Instead, all of the data I can find is about average income, GDP per capita, etc. This data is (I think) pretty useless in determining how most people live, because in many of the countries I am looking at, a small number of people receive a disproportionate amount of income.

Is there a reason why median income is not used as the primary figure?

  • $\begingroup$ GDP per capita is easier to calculate (all you need is GDP and population), but I haven't found median income to be difficult to find. For instance, news.gallup.com/poll/166211/… $\endgroup$ – Acccumulation May 22 '18 at 21:07

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