La Segarra, El Pla de l'Estany and El Barcelonès are the counties that registered the highest rise in income per capita in 2014, of around 3%. The increase in income was registered in a total of 33 counties and Aran, while El Montsià saw the largest decrease of the 8 counties with reduced per capita income, with 2.6%.
El Barcelonès remains the Catalan county with the highest income per capita (with 18,600 euros) and is 12.8% higher than the Catalan average (16,500 euros). It is followed by El Baix Llobregat (17,300 euros) and El Vallès Occidental (16,800 euros), which are 4.9% and 2.2% higher than the Catalan average, respectively. In contrast, El Montsià was the county with the lowest level of income (10,900 euros) and is 30% lower than the Catalan average.
Analysis of the main sources of income reveals that the remuneration of salaried employees rose by 1.4% in the whole of Catalonia in the previous year, and this was the main resource for families in all counties, except for Terra Alta. In contrast, the income from social benefits and gross operating surplus fell in nearly all counties in comparison with the previous year.
An analysis by municipalities reveals that Sant Cugat del Vallès was the municipality with the highest income per capita, with 21,300 euros, which was 29.2% higher than the Catalan average. It was followed by Sant Just Desvern (with 21,200 euros), Tiana and Sant Quirze del Vallès (with 20,200 euros) and Cabrils (with 20,100 euros). At the other extreme are three municipalities in the county of El Montsià: Alcanar (with income per capita of 9,700 euros), Ulldecona (with 9,800 euros) and la Sénia (with 10,100 euros).
Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) is the macro-magnitude that measures the income available to residents of a specific territory, which may be used either for consumption or for saving purposes. Said income does not only depend on the income that households generate as a direct result of their contribution to productive activities (compensation of employees and gross operation surplus); it is also affected by the activities carried out by Public Administrations, in the form of taxes and social benefits. The population estimates from 1 July-produced by Idescat-are used to develop the Gross disposable income per inhabitant. The GDHI series published by Idescat is coherent with the Spanish Regional Accounting of the National Statistical Institute (INE). The last year for which the INE has household income account estimates, per Autonomous Community, is also 2014. Said data is also provisional.
These statistics, which have been developed by Idescat, provide information on income per household and per inhabitant, as well as on the main components (resources and uses) of households' income accounts. The main resources associated with household income accounts are compensation of employees, gross operating surplus and social benefits. In turn, the main uses of said accounts are social contributions and income tax.
They also provide provisional information (accounting base 2010) on the distribution of household income for the counties and municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, and on the county capitals of Catalonia, for the 2014.
Gross household income per county and per municipality, base 2010, takes into account the European Union's mandatory methodology standard: the European System of Accounts (ESA-2010).