Using the recently released DPRK 2008 census figures, I have constructed a "rough" guide to the different living standards in different provinces using some figures embedded in the census. Feel free to take a look and provide comments.
Highlights: Figure 2 provides a clear picture of the large gap between Pyongyang and the rest of the DPRK in terms of access to “high quality” public infrastructure. Using differences in access to such infrastructure as reported in the 2008 DPRK census, I attempt to construct a rough ranking of standards of living in different provinces of the DPRK (Table 2). Caveats apply in determining the accuracy of this ranking.