Island of wealth: Phuket named Thailand’s richest province, Bangkok ranks third

Phuket has been named the richest province in Thailand, while the Northern province of Mae Hong Sorn has the highest poverty rate.

According to the data released by the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, Phuket tops the income category as it is the only province in Thailand without poverty.

Only 6.1 percent of Phuket households are indebted, compared to a national average of 34.8 percent.

Phuket is followed by other rich provinces Samutsakorn, Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Chonburi respectively.

Bangkok remains the province with the highest average household income of THB49,191 per month, which is almost twice as much as the average national household income of THB25,194.

Meanwhile, Mae Hong Sorn was ranked at the bottom with a high poverty rate of 65.2 percent. The province’s average household income is just THB8,821 per month.

Mae Hong Sorn was followed by Amnat Charoen, Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, and Pattani as the poorest provinces.

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