The World’s 21 Mega-Regions According to Citi Research

This image shows mega regions in the world. Mega regions are defined as places with massive populations, or mega populations.

On the west, the two continental Americas are both almost completely urbanized. Although there are many concentrated groups of cities with populations of five to ten million, these two continents only have a combined total of six mega populations.

That is, on North and South America, there are only six places with populations of ten million or more.

In the east, on the other hand, things are different.

Much of Asia, Europe and Africa have dense city groups with populations of ten million or less. These cities are all clustered together and tend to lie on the coast, the closer they get to east Asia.

Australia is the continent with the least number of mega populations.

Graphic: The Most Popular Job In Every State

The graphic describes the most popular jobs on the continental United States of America and in Alaska and Hawaii.

Most states have jobs which cater to their most popular or most developed resources. For example, the most popular job in Florida is Motorboat Operator, while the most popular job in Hawaii is Tour Guides.

Manual labor and ‘desk jobs’ seem to be almost evenly spread around the country, with manual labor jobs having a slight lead.

The most popular jobs are Oil/Gas drillers, Agricultural jobs and Butchers.

The most unusual job is College Residential Advisor, located in one state in the northwest.

Saturday Comic: “The Debt”

The Debt

A cruel reminder to all graduates, the one thing that could be scarier than finding a job post graduation is the amount of debt you might have.

For perspective seven in ten college seniors who graduated last year had student loan debt, with an average of $29,400 per borrower. From 2008 to 2012, debt at graduation (federal and private loans combined) increased an average of six percent each year.

Chart: Wages for the Ten Most Common Jobs In America May 2013

Registered nurses do more than tend to patients and care for the sick; they also know how to throw off the curve. Nurses make, on average, more than $30,000 a year more than the next common occupation, nearly double what secretaries earn.

Chart: Wages for the Ten Most Common Jobs In America May 2013

As you can see from the above chart when nursing is clumped in with the nine other most common occupations, this skews the data, making the average of all workers look much higher than it actually is.

With nurses’ salaries in the mix, the annual mean wage is actually $10,000 more than the highest wage of secretaries and administrative assistants, who are the next highest earners. The disparity between the wages of nurses and the other of the ten most common professions in the United States shows that, while nurses may be a large and not unusual workforce, what they bring home at the end of the day sets them far apart from their peers.

Chart: Offshore Profits Avoid IRS Reach

The chart indicates the quantity of offshore profits accumulated by large companies. The companies are grouped into technological companies and other. According to the table on the upper left, the company with the most offshore profits was General Electric, which gained about one hundred and ten billion dollars accumulated through deals outside of the US. General Electric was followed by Microsoft, Pfizer and Merck, respectively. The company that had made the least in offshore profits was Oracle with thirty three billion dollars.

Offshore Profits Avoid IRS Reach
Image via Bloomberg

The technological companies that had made the most through offshore holdings are Microsoft, Apple and IBM, respectively. These companies managed to generate between fifty and seventy billion dollars in profits in the year 2013. The graph depicting their earnings is located in the top right hand corner of the image. All companies experienced steady gains for a period of over three years.

In the bottom left hand corner, there is a diagram indicating the twenty two most successful companies in terms of overseas profits. General Electric, again was the leader with one hundred and ten billion in overseas profits and Myers-Squibb held the lowest profits (according to the table) with overseas profits of twenty-four billion dollars.

The bottom right table indicates that there were two hundred and eight five companies which also dealt in offshore ventures. Together, these companies have amassed an estimated nine hundred and sixty three billion dollars in overseas profits. This information was given courtesy of the Standard and Poor 500 index.