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Average annual net income of households. By areas and metropolitan peripheries of Barcelona

Average annual net income of households. By areas and metropolitan peripheries of Barcelona 2017
Per household Per person Per unit of consumption
By areas
Metropolità 32,861.9 13,353.4 19,942.9
Comarques Gironines 28,163.0 12,090.9 17,639.2
Camp de Tarragona 28,405.3 11,082.9 16,750.2
Terres de l'Ebre 21,525.0 9,253.6 13,177.3
Ponent 28,875.1 10,290.5 15,598.9
Comarques Centrals 25,793.6 10,431.1 15,430.2
Alt Pirineu i Aran 21,248.4 9,754.7 13,849.5
Penedès 32,056.2 12,529.6 18,761.2
Catalonia 31,410.8 12,711.8 18,956.9
By metropolitan peripheries of Barcelona
Barcelona Metropolitan Area (BMA) 34,135.9 14,361.3 21,294.5
Barcelona 35,146.4 15,669.4 22,838.4
BMA (without Barcelona) 33,122.2 13,189.2 19,911.2
Metropolitan Area (without BMA) 30,008.5 11,328.0 17,226.8
Metropolitan Area 32,861.9 13,353.4 19,942.9
Units: Euros.
Source: Idescat, based on data from the INE's Survey of living conditions.
Note: Household's annual net income corresponds to the calendar year before that of the survey.

Last update: July 25, 2018.


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Survey on Living Conditions (ECV).

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

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 Survey on Living Conditions is an annual survey conducted by the INE since 2004 with a two-fold purpose:

  • to provide information on personal income distribution through net annual income.
  • to measure the incidence and composition of poverty by setting up an at-risk-of-poverty threshold.

The data for Catalonia comes from the Survey on Living Conditions. This is an annual statistical operation of INE, which Idescat uses to make a specific application of the results for Catalonia.

From 2016, as the result of an agreement signed with the INE to improve this statistic, Idescat carries out its own field work to extend the Survey with information from more than 1,700 households; this means that the sample now includes more than 3,000 households and 7,300 individuals. Furthermore, it allows the dissemination of results for Catalonia, the territorial areas, Barcelona city and Barcelona Metropolitan Area. The main objective of this extension is to improve the statistical validity of the results.

In order to measure the risk of poverty of the population, a specific at-risk-of-poverty threshold is presented for Catalonia. The population is classified according to this threshold, and the incidence, composition and intensity of poverty are studied with regard to this classification.

The at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion rate is an indicator forming one of the Europe 2020 targets. This rate complements the at-risk-of poverty rate by also considering the number of people living in households with a very low work intensity and the number of of people with severe material shortcomings.

The survey gathers annual information on the household and provides information on the physical and social environment, the condition and type of home, the tenancy system and monthly expenditures.

From 2013 onwards, a change was introduced in methodology which consists of using administrative sources to ascertain the personal income variable. Due to this change there will be a break in the series, since the income data from the 2013 survey is not comparable to data published in previous years. For this reason, retrospective estimates have been made for the main indicators since 2009 that are comparable with the 2013 data.

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 "..".