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Annual expenditure. By composition of the household

Average annual expenditure. By composition of the household Catalonia. 2022
Average expenditure
Per household (euros) Per person (euros) Per unit of consumption (euros) Total expenditure (milions of euros)
Person alone (< 65 years) 21,827 21,827 21,827 10,594
Person alone (65 years or more) 24,351 24,351 24,351 8,527
Couple without children 31,964 15,982 21,310 28,219
Another type of household without children 40,285 12,288 18,849 13,028
An adult with children 31,620 12,542 19,358 3,800
Couple with one dhildren 37,686 12,562 19,956 12,842
Couple with two dhildren 43,718 10,929 19,568 14,303
Partner with three or more children 39,229 7,695 14,554 3,389
Another type of household with children 43,163 8,910 15,593 7,631
Total 33,085 13,479 19,894 102,333
Source: Idescat. Statistics on Household Consumer Expeditures, base 2016.
Note: The reference population for the 2012 results is the 2011 Census.

Last update: July 20, 2023.

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Family consumption
Economic activity of families that consists of the utilisation of goods and services to satisfy their material needs.
Family expenditure
Monetary volume that a household and all of its members use to pay for what are considered consumer goods and services for use in the same household or to be transferred free of charge to other households or institutions.
Set of people habitually living in the same dwelling. There are two types of households: one-person households, made up of one person, and multi-person households, made up of two or more people.
Consumer unit
A different accountable concept of members of a household which is obtained by applying adjustment factors to expenditure, which enables us to weight different levels of need between families of different sizes and composition.

Methodological aspects

The data on family expenditure was obtained from the Family budget survey (EPF) conducted by the INE. Family income is expressed in annual averages per household, person and consumption unit. The expenditure groups are grouped in accordance with the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose COICOP-HBS of the European system of integrated economic accounts (ESA), nomenclature that was standardised by the Statistical Office of the European Union.

Household consumer expenditure represents the main economic activity of the population, and is an approach to the concept of private consumption as the most important component of a country's aggregate demand. The main aim of the statistics on household consumer expenditure is to produce information on the size, structure and distribution of this expense, as well as inter-annual variations of the aggregate consumption. The consumer expenditure recorded in the EPF refers to the monetary flow that household economies spend on the purchase of consumer products, as well as all non-monetary expenditure that is generated on the basis of supply, self-sufficiency, any salary in kind and imputed housing rent.

The expenditure can be calculated per person in the household and unit of consumption in the household. In order to obtain the units of consumption we use the so-called equivalence scales, which turn household members into units of consumption. These equivalence scales are applied because economies of scale are generated when a household shares certain goods and services, which means that the needs of a household with n persons are sometimes lower than the needs of a household with just one person.

In this case we use the modified OECD scale, which gives the following values to each member of the household:

  • Main provider: 1
  • Adult older than 13: 0.5
  • Child 13 and under: 0.3

The total expenditure of a household is divided by the number of units of consumption in the household and we thus obtain the equivalent expenditure per unit of consumption. Each member of a household is assigned the equivalent expenditure of his or her household.

The Family budget survey, Base 2006 (EPF) started in 2006 and substituted the Continuous Family Budget Survey, Base 1997 (ECPF) , which was used from 1997 to 2005. The EPF 2006 incorporates a variety of methodological and conceptual changes, which have improved the quality of the estimation of expenditure and its structure. Comparisons with data from the previous survey have to be made using statistical linking methods.

Expenditure is presented classified according to the Classification of the Functions of Individual Consumption (COICOP/HBS) until 2015. From 2016 onwards, the European Classification of the Functions of Individual Consumption (ECOICOP) is used. These two classifications are not entirely comparable.

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".