January 3, 2014

Thailand compared to Missouri

Since I come from Missouri, I wondered how my state compares to the country of Thailand.

Thailand map overlay with Missouri in the center.

MISSOURI
THAILAND
Area: 69,704 square miles (21st)
Population: 6,021,988 (18th)
Density: 87.1 people/sq mi (30th)
Rural population: 30.6%
Household income: $46,867 (35th)
Teacher salary: $3,959/month
Area: 198,117 square miles (50th)
Population: 67,448,120 (20th)
Density: 342 people/sq mi (88th)
Rural population: 34%
Household income: $4,509 (26th)
Teacher income: $ 388/month
Climate
generally has a humid continental climate, with cool to cold winters and long, hot summers; often experiences extremes in temperatures.tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March)
Religion
Christian 78%, other 2%, no religion 15%, no answer 5%Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1%
Terrain
north-western upland plain/prairie, a lowland in southeast bootheel, and the the Ozark Plateaucentral plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere
Economy
Missouri's economy is highly diversified. Service industries provide more income and jobs than any other segment, and include a growing tourism and travel sector. Wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, and agriculture also play significant roles in the state's economy.With a well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, generally pro-investment policies, and strong export industries, Thailand achieved steady growth due largely to industrial and agriculture exports - mostly electronics, agricultural commodities, automobiles and parts, and processed foods.
Agriculture
The state's top products include grain, sorghum, hay, corn, soybeans, and rice. Missouri also ranks high among the states in cattle and calves, hogs, and turkeys and broilers. A vibrant wine industry also contributes to the economy.Rice is the country's most important crop; Thailand is a major exporter in the world rice market. Other commodities produced include fish and fishery products, tapioca, rubber, grain, and sugar. Exports of industrially processed foods such as canned tuna, pineapples, and frozen shrimp are on the rise.
Unemployment
6.9%less than 1%
Natural Resources
produce 90% of the US's principal (non-recycled) lead supply. Other natural resources include iron ore, zinc, barite, limestone, and timber.Mineral resources that are mass-produced and used in Thailand include fluorite, gypsum, lead, lignite, tantalum, and tungsten.
Tourism
Tourism draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to a number of Missouri points of interest: the country-music shows of Branson; Bass Pro Shops national headquarters (Springfield); the Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion (St. Louis); Mark Twain's boyhood home (Hannibal); the Harry S. Truman home and library (Independence); the scenic beauty of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways; and the Pony Express and Jesse James museums (St. Joseph). The state's different lake regions also attract fishermen and sun-seekers from throughout the Midwest.Natural beauty is an essential variable in tourists’ choice of Thailand as the ideal place to relax and engage in activities in natural surroundings, as Thailand offers a great diversity of landscapes, ranging from rivers, scenic waterfalls, mountains, and forests to long, clean seashores and enchanting islands. Tourists can experience the chance to get in touch with pristine nature through activities such as trekking, taking in the beautiful landscape filled with flora and fauna, mountaineering, riding the rapids down the rivers, or diving around the beautiful coral reefs.