Who wins? Do the Aussies or the Americans have more stuff?

October 13, 2016

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 According to American "professional organizer Regina Lark: The average U.S. household has 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards."# 

 

So how would Aussies rate?

 



"It may not feel like it to some, but Australians are some of the richest people in the world. When it comes to GDP per capita, which places a value on how productive a person is, Australians are in the top three, according to the International Monetary Fund."The jury is still out on this for us with no current accurate figures handy. We do know that in May this year SBS journalist Ricardo Goncalves, stated that.. 


The GDP doesn't however include carers labour at home. It doesn't include the numbers of hours of voluntary time given to people, or any sense of what we actually need versus want to be able to earn or live on so perhaps it might not give us an accurate idea about whether the average household would have more or less than those people living in the USA. 

Insurance firms often quote the Australian Bureaux of Stats who in 2011* research showed us that the value of the items in the average Australian home is usually around $61,000 and if we are lucky enough to be able to pay some one to help us move house then we often fill at least one large pan technical truck which is "HUGE" or 43 cubic metres.

Is that more or less than the average US household - the answer lies more in the answer to another question: what ever amount we have - do we really need all of it?


# (La Times 14th March 2014)
* Example only: Allianze website: Calculating the replacement cost of your home xi Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011, Australian Government, Australian Government, Components of household wealth, http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features10Dec+2011

 

 

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