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Territorial Gross Disposable Household Income. 2016

The income per capita increased in 24 counties and Aran in 2016. La Cerdanya was the county where the income per inhabitant increased most (3.0%), followed by Osona (2.4%), El Baix Llobregat (2.3%) and El Alt Empordà (2.2%). At the other end of the scale were Les Garrigues, La Noguera and El Pallars Jussà, with falls of around 3%.

El Barcelonès (19,200 euros), El Baix Llobregat (17,800 euros) and El Vallès Occidental (17,400 euros) remained the counties with the highest incomes per inhabitant. Conversely, the counties with the lowest levels of income were El Baix Ebre (12,800 euros) and El Montsià (12,000 euros).

The compensation of employees was families’ main resource in all the counties. El Gironès and El Tarragonès were those with the highest proportions (65.3% and 64.6%, respectively). At the other extreme stood La Terra Alta (42.1%), Les Garrigues (48.1%), El Priorat (49.7%) and El Pallars Jussà (49.8%).

With regard to income from gross operating surplus, La Terra Alta and El Pallars Sobirà were the counties with the highest percentages (32.8% and 31.7%, respectively). On the other hand, El Bages (15.5%), El Tarragonès (16.2%) and La Garrotxa (16.5%) displayed the lowest percentages of income from gross operating surplus.

As for income from social benefits, El Berguedà was the county with the highest figures (30.6%), followed by El Ripollès (26.7%) and El Pallars Jussà (26.2%). In contrast, La Cerdanya (15.1%) and Aran (14.9%) displayed the lowest proportions of social benefits.

Matadepera, with 26,400 euros per inhabitant, and Sant Just Desver, with 25,900 euros, remained the municipalities with the highest levels of income, exceeding the Catalan average by more than 50%. They were followed by Sant Cugat del Vallès, Alella, Tiana, Cabrils and Teià, with incomes per capita of around 23,000 euros. In contrast, Salou, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, L’Ametlla de Mar, Santa Margarida de Montbui, Deltebre, Salt, La Sénia, Ulldecona, Castelló d’Empúries and Lloret de Mar recorded incomes per inhabitant 70% below the Catalan average.

The RFDB 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 2016. Said data is also provisional. 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.