No, that is the average income of the top 1%, not the lower cutoff:
The top 1 percent of earners in the United States had an average income of $1,153,298 in 2013
According to the Tax Foundation, the top 1% US gross income cutoff point was > $434,682 in 2012. So you needed to earn more than $434,682 to be in the top 1% percentile. Of course, some people earn far more than that, hence the very high average.
Anyway, if you are reading this, you are almost certainly in the top 1% by global standards. The World Bank puts the global 1% threshold at $34,000 US.
That's a fact. Word shits itself with large documents. I've seen it too many times. Be prepared for your computer to freeze while scrolling, tables to break, and formatting to spontaneously mess itself up. Worst of all, keep multiple running backups so you have a recent usable document to revert to when Word saves random garbage to your thesis. People have asked me if I can recover their fucked-up Word thesis. They had to revert to an old copy they emailed or put on a USB dongle two weeks before. If you are using Endnote to manage references, expect your problems to double.
If you must use a GUI, and want to power of LaTeX, try Lyx. It saves as plaintext, but outputs via LaTeX. You can also export TeX files periodically to be safe.
Those are also countries with little foreign media; they have government-run educational systems, media, and churches; and they are small, protestant, ethnically uniform countries. It's not surprising that under those conditions, citizens believe their countries to be non-corrupt.
You just described North Korea word for word, except for the church part, which the personality cult of our dear leader makes up for. Are you trying to tell me that New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark succeeded to convince their populations that they don't experience corruption, while North Korea failed? How the fuck did North Korea fail? They have the best of everything: no foreign media, all education, including university education, is government run, and any foreigner unfortunate enough to go there is assigned their very own team of round-the-clock minders who follow you everywhere, that is how few foreigners there are in North Korea.
Seriously though, maybe we know exactly what corruption is, and we just don't tolerate it as a society. For example, in New Zealand there is no way you can bribe a police officer to get out of a traffic infringement. Don't even try it, it's not worth it. I have never had to bribe someone to get something done. We don't even tip. Ever. Employers are expected to pay their staff a living wage. New Zealand media is almost entirely foreign owned BTW. And we have two major ethnicities. And almost nobody goes to church anymore. And our schools can be public or private.
Ever notice that even the busiest people are never too busy to tell you just how busy they are?