You can look at regions like Eastern Europe and call it poor (by income) but crime rates are low. You have to remove gypsies from the equation though.
When I hear that Blacks commit disproportionately more crime than any other specie because they're poor...I just laugh.
Im from Eastern Europe, but EE is a unique case as it was part of the Soviet Block. We all were equally poor. There were no good or bad neighborhoods. Everything was more or less the same.
Of course, its a different story now. What I have noticed about Eastern Europeans in general - be it a Romanian, Polish or Russian person. Regardless of the social status, most people are philosophical in nature.
You could strike a conversation with a garbage truck driver, and you'll be surprised to hear what he has to say about life, people and the world, among other things.
Many EE people's focus is beyond material world in my opinion. We tend to see and analyze a bigger picture, oftentimes ignoring what's right in front of us.
I always wondered as a Russian, why we as peoples accomplished such giant projects like conquering space and nature, but completely failed to address basic needs for comforts.
Even today, if you were to travel across say Russia, it is rather difficult to find a decent public washroom.