Global Statistics: Australia vs the World

inc. Homelessness Rates, Cost of Living Data, Property Affordability Data & Unemployment Rates

Summary:

  • We found it difficult to analyse homelessness rates globally and have created a table with these statistics alongside other important statistics around the average income, cost of living and property affordability data
  • Our analysis looked at the 45 countries from the top ranked countries in the Human Development Index 2014 rankings, putting this data alongside other factors which we wanted to study to determine their impact homelessness on rates

Key findings from the 45 countries analysed:

  • Australia has the 4th highest percentage of homeless people as a proportion of the total population
  • The average per capita income for an Australian is USD$67,463 ranking us 4th in the world
  • Australia is the 7th most expensive country in terms of rental prices
  • Australia's Consumer Price Index places it as the 5th most expensive country to live in
  • From our dataset, property affordability has the greatest correlation (not causation!) with homelessness. This is followed by average per capita income then by the cost of renting.


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Country2014 HDI ScorePopulationEst. # of Homeless PeopleEst. % of Population HomelessAvg. Per Capita Income (In USD)Unemployment RateConsumer Price IndexRent IndexProperty Affordability IndexMortgage as a Percentage of Income
Norway0.9445,165,8026,1600.12%$100,898.403.50%118.5948.71.8354.74
Australia0.93323,622,575105,2370.45%$67,463.005.70%99.3249.471.6959.32
Switzerland0.9178,054,365UnknownN/A$67,463.004.40%126.0357.632.2744
Netherlands0.91516,968,11827,0000.16%$50,792.506.70%85.9835.52.1746.1
United States0.914324,596,044610,0420.19%$53,042.007.40%76.5336.175.1519.43
Germany0.91179,855,090860,0001.08%$46,251.405.30%76.2727.162.2644.27
New Zealand0.914,567,62733,2950.73%$41,824.306.20%93.7135.762.0449.11
Canada0.90235,705,290235,0000.66%$51,964.307.10%81.833.082.6437.88
Singapore0.9015,461,998UnknownN/A$55,182.502.80%93.6184.620.75133.27
Denmark0.95,639,6485,2530.09%$59,818.607.00%100.634.712.9234.3
Ireland0.8994,802,9953,8080.08%$50,478.4013.10%92.0937.472.2245
Sweden0.8989,572,48617,8000.19%$60,380.908.10%82.9127.491.6261.85
Iceland0.895328,2812000.06%$47,349.505.60%102.1435.861.952.65
United Kingdom0.89264,827,543185,0000.29%$41,781.107.50%92.1939.191.5863.43
Hong Kong0.8917,281,8521,2000.02%$38,123.503.30%75.2381.090.52192.99
South Korea0.89150,396,6254,9210.01%$25,977.001.20%82.935.551.283.32
Japan0.89126,352,34325,2960.02%$38,633.704.00%80.3629.711.7955.84
Israel0.8888,345,05010,0000.12%$36,050.706.30%79.2930.261.4568.86
France0.88466,822,121100,0000.15%$42,560.4010.40%88.3731.131.566.73
Austria0.8818,439,79014,0000.17%$50,510.704.90%76.8729.21.5564.32
Belgium0.88111,155,269UnknownN/A$46,929.608.40%87.2230.962.1845.92
Luxembourg0.881551,934UnknownN/A$110,664.805.90%91.7862.311.9850.43
Finland0.8795,427,8597,6000.14%$49,150.608.20%89.6829.872.343.52
Slovenia0.8742,045,714Unknown0.00%$23,295.3010.20%65.1517.271.2679.56
Italy0.87260,397,60851,8720.09%$35,685.6012.20%82.7225.711.0694.06
Spain0.86947,684,94039,6540.08%$29,882.1026.60%65.721.531.5166.42
Czech Republic0.86110,468,07735,0000.33%$19,858.306.90%48.516.611.471.37
Greece0.85311,124,26420,0000.18%$21,965.9027.30%68.8811.921.3375.32
Qatar0.8512,107,762UnknownN/A$93,714.100.50%7476.311.9351.69
Cyprus0.8451,192,284UnknownN/A$25,249.0015.80%72.5216.21.5663.99
Estonia0.841,307,2175000.04%$18,877.308.80%61.216.171.2878.12
Saudi Arabia0.83629,794,112UnknownN/A$25,961.805.70%50.3515.224.2523.55
Lithuania0.8342,959,6565000.02%$15,529.7011.80%52.7613.591.1487.49
Poland0.83438,452,937130,0000.34%$13,653.7010.40%45.1115.131.283.11
Slovakia0.835,429,2273,0000.06%$21,900.001.64%51.617.421.6461.09
Malta0.829424,863UnknownN/A$22,775.006.50%68.8118.332.0149.83
United Arab Emirates0.82710,201,581UnknownN/A$43,048.903.80%67.1666.86249.9
Chile0.82217,967,53912,0000.07%$15,732.306.00%53.2117.121.1487.73
Portugal0.82210,591,1791,8210.02%$21,738.3016.50%58.2218.291.6161.94
Hungary0.8189,863,14210,0000.10%$13,485.5010.20%48.99.521.1984.03
Bahrain0.8151,447,692UnknownN/A$24,689.107.40%56.1737.391.4469.39
Kuwait0.8143,488,834UnknownN/A$52,197.303.10%92.9740.911.8354.74
Croatia0.8124,256,5222,2850.05%$13,597.9017.70%58.9211.80.91109.97
Latvia0.811,993,025UnknownN/A$15,381.1011.10%55.9413.011.283.51
Argentina0.80842,526,533UnknownN/A$14,715.207.50%67.1218.260.43231.65

Data sources include: UNICEF, The World Bank and The Human Development Index 2014

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3 Responses to Global Homelessness, Cost of Living & Property Price Statistics: Australia vs the World

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    Wadie | May 7, 2016

    Why is Australia the number one in the world for mental illness out of 20 million of the world”s 6.8 billion. It represents 30% of global mental illness. Out of 20 million in 2008 1.4 million were mentally ill. Second to US in incarceration homelessness. Why is the lucky country such a lie?

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    That | October 19, 2015

    what is the total percent in the world

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      Shirley | October 28, 2015

      Hi That Guy,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately we don’t have the data to know what the total percent in the world is. You can, however, average out the countries we’ve listed.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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