In 2015, 25 counties saw an increase in their income per capita, 6 of which registered growth above 3%: El Vallès Oriental (3.7%), El Garraf (3.6%), followed by El Baix Llobregat, El Gironès, El Vallès Occidental and El Bages. At the other extreme are L’Alta Ribagorça, La Cerdanya and El Pallars Jussà, with a decline in their income per capita of around 3%.
The county of El Barcelonès, with 19,100 euros, exceeded the Catalan mean (16,800 euros) and continues being the Catalan county with the highest income per capita. It is followed by El Baix Llobregat (17,400 euros) and El Vallès Occidental (17,100 euros). These are the only 3 counties in 2015 that were situated above the Catalan mean (3.6% and 1.4%, respectively).
The compensation of employees represented 61.4% of the total income of Catalan households in 2015. El Gironès and El Tarragonès are the counties with the highest percentage of income attributable to salary, 65.3% and 64.3%, respectively. There was an increase in income from the compensation of employees in all counties and Aran, while at the same time there was a decline in the income coming from welfare benefits. In terms of gross operating surplus, an increase was only registered in 9 counties.
Sant Just Desvern and Matadepera were the municipalities with the highest income per capita in 2015, with 25,700 and 25,400 euros respectively. Both had an income per capita over 50% higher than the Catalan mean. At the other extreme, there was a group of 7 municipalities with an income per capita 30% below the Catalan mean: Santa Margarida de Montbui, la Sénia, Roses, Salt, Ulldecona, Lloret de Mar and Castelló d’Empúries.
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 2015. 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 2015.
With the publication of the 2015 data, Idescat has updated all its accounts series from 2011. The detail of the tax information available at the territorial level has been expanded and, therefore, the quality of the estimates of various components of the household income account available has been improved.