Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States

Who is better off on average (In terms of per capita GDP)? The people who live in Belgium or the people who live in New Mexico?

(From FEE)

Speaking of European prosperity, here’s a fascinating map I saw on Twitter. The reporter from the Wall Street Journal who shared it remarked that “Purple areas are rich as US states. Yellow areas poorer than Mexico.” In other words, the few dark areas (a handful in Germany and one each in a few other nations) are the only parts of Europe that are economically equal or better than the United States.