CUHK professor creates MTR map showing median income at each station

CUHK Professor Leung Kai-chi has created a map showing the median monthly income of households living in housing estates located at each MTR stop.

Leung, who shared the map yesterday on his Facebook page, wrote that someone recently told him that “in Hong Kong, it’s not easy to get by while making HKD30,000 a month – but making HKD30,000 a month is already not bad”.

From Shek Mun Estate on the Ma On Shan Line, where half of the households earn less than HKD10,000 a month, to the Belcher’s at HKU Station on the Island Line, where half the households earn more than HKD93,580 a month, Hong Kong’s inequality is clearer than ever – unless you’ve ever walked outside with your eyes open.

《港鐵沿線屋苑住戶月入中位數》早陣子有人問:香港人即使月入三萬也過得很難。但是,香港地,月入三萬其實已經相當不錯。借用之前大受歡迎的港鐵沿線呎價圖,這次和各位分享住戶每月收入中位數的統計。以寶翠園為例,有一半的住戶月入少於93580,另…

Posted by Kai Chi Leung 梁啟智 on Sunday, June 14, 2015

Using 2011 census data, Leung thus created this map showing the median monthly income of households living in estates that have more than 3,000 people, or house more than 1,000 families.

Residential complexes in black font are either private housing estates or subsidised ones that are available for sale. Those in blue are rent-subsidised estates, while those in green represent district council constituencies.

Explaining that the map only shows median incomes, Leung adds that there is therefore no way of knowing just how much higher than the median some households earn.

“Regarding Hong Kong’s wealth disparity, you may say you don’t understand the Gini coefficient, but if you just look and see how some areas are earning several times more than others, then it will become quite clear,” Leung wrote.

NOTE: This article previously stated that the map showed median income for individuals. This is incorrect. It shows median income for households. 

 

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