GDP Per Capita Comparisons


November 12, 2012 by Cole Cleburne

In a  I examined where southern states would rank as independent nations in terms of GDP. Of course the larger more populous states should and will have larger GDP’s. Next I’d like to look at GDP per capita. As I stated previously using GDP numbers is not an exact science, because it counts government meddling as economic activity. Let’s look at where our southern states would rank as independent nations, then compare them to nations of the world. GDP per capita can be considered a strong indicator of living conditions in a country. ()

1. Virginia $53,463, (10th) comparable to Norway

2. Louisiana $47,467 (14th) comparable to the U.S.

3. Texas $45,940 (14th) comparable to Switzerland

4. North Carolina $42,884 (18th) comparable to the Netherlands

5. Georgia $41,711 (21st) comparable to Canada

6. Missouri $41,117 (21st) comparable to Canada

7. Florida $40,106 (24th) comparable to Ireland

8. Tennessee $39,730 (25th) comparable to Ireland

9. Kentucky $37,535 (30th) comparable to Denmark

10. Arkansas $36,483 (35th) comparable to the U.K.

11. Alabama $36,333 (35th) comparable to the U.K.

12. South Carolina $35,717 (36th) comparable to France

13. West Virginia $35,053 (38th) comparable to Japan

14. Mississippi $32,967 (40th) comparable to South Korea

As you can see from the chart, if each southern state were independent, everyone’s standard of living would be comparable to South Korea or better. A free south would rank every new nation in the top 55 (adding the 14 new nations to the list) which would all be in the top quarter of the world in living standards. Now imagine what those dollars could do in the real economy, not spent on social welfare programs or the warfare state.

13 thoughts on “GDP Per Capita Comparisons

  1. VirginiaCavalier says:

    ’1. Virginia $53,463, (10th) comparable to Norway’
    ’13. West Virginia $35,053 (38th) comparable to Japan’


  2. says:

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  4. rick abney says:

    You know, you guys, who carry the might pens, are sort of the tip of the spear for the secession movement. I believe there is a seething minority, which amounts to a large group of people that support these ideas. For those of us who believe and agree, but have children in school, we have a mortgage breathing down our neck, sick kids, etc., what can we do to get this cause moving toward success. In other words, we read your articles, we hi-five and yahoo each other, but we feel sort of powerless of frozen in action. What do we do to help with the natural inertia that regular old folks have to overcome?

    • Michael Lamb says:

      Rick, It is and it is not complicated. Yet there are workable solutions to those problems. I personally believe secession will be struck down by the Feds but I also believe a war will result from a tyrannical Federal Gov. Either way certain things have to happen. At best with a peaceful secession, the banks, businesses and practically all institutions will simply change the way they do business, directed by a new nation/state. All the bills and everything works the same except there will be no federal involvement. This of course would save money, from all businesses to the individuals. However any monies saved from mortgages and such would be worked out as an agreement between all parties.

      What I actually see is much different and worse. I see civil war and a breakdown in all infrastructure. This would at some point involve banks going insolvent as the economy crashes. National as well as state government services becomes spotty and local government is over-whelmed. So what if you owe mortgage payments on anything? Who is gonna collect any payments? How are you gonna have any money to pay anything? This area will be wide for future consideration as to who will pay anything for anything concerning mortgages. There won’t even be reliable medical services or utilities. It’s a whole new world when this happens.

      So, your questions are kind’of self explanatory, if you think them through. It only depends on which scenario you believe in and which actually happens. I am convinced though, this nation is gonna soon cease to exist and I betting its’ death will be the most horrible thing that has ever happened on the face of this earth!

      Talking secession is a good thing. Getting it actually happen is even better. But in reality its’ likelihood is somewhere between slim and none! The whole public secession talk is only a red herring similar to gin control and talking about Obama and his bad deeds for the day. When all is said and done, things remain the same, time wasted while the real underlying root problems are still fostering and certain people actually making proper arrangements to take advantage of the situation.

      Michael–Deo Vindicabamur

      • rick abney says:

        There is a lot of pessimism in your answer, even though your thought processes are on the same lines as mine. “Wasted time….” “things remain the same” I think we can work and change things. One thing I’ve found in my life is that (borrowed from Andrew Jackson) one man with courage is a majority. Things can be changed. It may take war, or a collapse, but it’s the infrastructure of groups like the league of the South that will move in and take the reins. God, speed that day, but in the mean time, wecan work to change things.

      • Michael Lamb says:

        Awl Rick,
        You quote from my ancestor!
        The thing is, we must try to do the *Right* things in order, even if we know they are likely to fail. This way we can honestly say we tried to do things the best and most righteous way possible.

        It takes courage to have courage!
        Michael– Deo Vindicabamur

  5. G says:

    This is very interesting. I think Rick has it right – please keep the information flowing to solidify support for secession.

    • rick abney says:

      Yes, we do need an independent South. Once it starts happening, the states would come over like dominoes. This situation reminds me of the herd of antelope at the crockadile-infested river. They all stand there on the bank looking, jumping back and forth until finally one gets the courage to jump into the river and make a go for the other side. Then, several more follow, and then the entire herd are crashing into the river and heading to the other side. That’s the way it’s going to be with the Southland. We’re going to have a charasmatic leader get one state to the point of leaving and then the entire south will come as well. The question of our time is: where is our charasmatic leader? All we have now is talk.

  6. says:

    [...] Cole Cleburne, of  The Fire Eater, shows States’ GDPs relative to other, independent countries and as per capita. [...]

  7. rick abney says:

    I enjoyed the conversation. I’ll be looking forward to your work on the Fire Eater or anything ese you do. I appreciate the work you and so many others do. It’ll be you and others like you that’ll change this world.

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