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After playing every race over the course of the three BWEs I feel that the human starting area gives significantly more benefits that any of the other races.
First, on the fact level, there are 3 mining sites packed together almost within viewing distance of the main city and there are 3 logging sites just as near on the other side.
Second, the main city (Divinity's Reach) is more central to the starting area than any of the other races. It is much easier (and cheaper) to get to the main city than for the other races (especially the Asura!!!).
On the non-fact level, meaning drops, the drop rate for the key crafting component (vial of weak blood) was much greater than for any other race. In the last BWE I played for about 8 hours last weekend on three races (8 hours on Asura, 8 hours on Sylvari and 8 hours on human). I got 6 vials in the human areas, 2 on the Asura and only 1 on the Sylvari! I got more non-common components (bones, goo, etc.) in the human area than in any other race starting area.
When it came to money I was never poor as a human yet could not afford my Trait manual at level 10 for either my Asura and Sylvari. I had the same professions for all three races (hunting and leather working).
I know that randomness is a factor but, after 3 BWE I am seeing the same pattern - the human starting area is better.