This is mainly for Opti, so he wont ask too many questions again about disparity of wealth in Trinbago... The EU-Sponsored Poverty Reduction Programme which is located in the Ministry of Social Development commissioned a Survey of Living Conditions in 2007.. These were some of the findings out of the report......
Geographic distribution of Poverty and Indigence by region
The geographic distribution of poverty was highly unequal. The north-east and the south-west of the island of Trinidad were the two poorest areas, but the spread could be conceived in terms of a band that extended from the north-east along the east of the country and then across its south. The Mayaro area that had been poorest for decades, no longer carried that dubious distinction, although its residents had not become well off.
Most of the country’s poor can be located in Siparia (15.1%), Princes Town (11.2%), San Juan/Laventille (11.0%) and Tunapuna/Piarco (10.1); these Regional Corporations (RC) together accounted for 47.4 percent of the total poor population. In terms of the prevalence of poverty within Regional Corporations, Sangre Grande had the most poor persons per 100 in the population; 39.1 percent of the population in the Regional Corporation of Sangre Grande were deemed to be poor. Other regions of high poverty concentration included Princes Town (30%), the Borough of Point Fortin (24.6%), Mayaro/Rio Claro (26.6%) and Siparia (27.7%), all of which showed prevalence rates above 20 percent. In the areas of the highest concentration of the population, some of the poorest live within less than two miles from the most well-off. Figure I provides a chart of the distribution of poverty, while Figure 2 presents a map of poverty by the regions of Trinidad and the parishes of Tobago. The areas in the darkest colour reflect the poorest parts of the country.
Poverty and Ethnicity
In respect of the ethnic distribution, it was found that:
• Africans tended to more highly represented among the poor than they were in the population at large, but there was a probability of over sampling of Africans in the survey given the demographic composition of the sample and of the last Census;
• Indians had a lower percentage representation among the indigent, the poor and the vulnerable than was their representation in the population.
• Those of mixed ethnic origin represented about 27 percent of the sample but accounted for almost 40 percent of the indigent.
• Other groups such as Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese and Caucasians that together accounted for less than one percent of the sample, were all among the non-poor.