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Territorial Gross Disposable Household Income. 2017

The per capita income in Catalonia rose by 1.3% in 2017. The increase affected practically all of the counties, albeit with different degrees of intensity. El Pallars Sobirà, with an increase of 8.1%, followed by Aran (6.3%), topped a group of seven counties whose income per inhabitant increased by over 5.0%. At the other extreme was El Tarragonès, the only county that reported a figure lower than that of the previous year (−0.2%), and El Vallès Occidental, El Barcelonès, L'Alt Penedès and El Baix Llobregat, with increases of under 1.0%.

El Barcelonès the county with the highest level of annual income, at €19,400, surpassed the average for Catalonia of €17,200 by 12.7%, followed by El Baix Llobregat (€17,900) and El Vallès Occidental (€17,600). On the other hand, El Montsià (€12,200) and El Baix Ebre (€13,300) were the counties with the lowest income levels.

The compensation of employees was the main item of income in all counties in 2017. El Gironès was the county that reported the highest proportion of compensation of employees (61.9%), followed by El Tarragonès (61.2%) and El Baix Llobregat (61.1%).

With regard to income from gross operating surplus, La Cerdanya was the county with the highest gross operating surplus (34.8%), followed by El Pallars Sobirà (32.8%) and L'Alta Ribagorça (32.0%). The counties El Bages (18.7%) and El Tarragonès (19.6%) reported the lowest percentages in this regard.

As for income from social benefits, El Berguedà was the county where these were the highest (29.7%), more than 10 points above the average for Catalonia. In contrast, Aran (14.0%) and La Cerdanya (14.4%) reported the lowest proportions of social benefit.

Matadepera, with €27,300 per inhabitant, was again the municipality with the highest income per inhabitant in 2017, followed by Alella (€26,900), both with an income 50% higher than the Catalan average (€17,200). The following municipalities had average incomes of 25% or more above the average for Catalonia: Sant Just Desvern, Cabrils, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Teià, Tiana, Sant Quirze del Vallès, Castelldefels and Sant Vicenç de Montalt. At the other extreme, below 25% less than the average income for Catalonia as a whole, there were 18 municipalities, of which the ones with the lowest incomes were La Sénia, Lloret de Mar and Ulldecona, with an income per inhabitant of €11,500 in all three.

Idescat presents the records of Gross Disposable Household Income (RFDB) 2010-2017 for the counties and Aran, municipalities with over 5,000 inhabitants and county capitals of Catalonia. The data for the year 2017 are provisional. This set of records has been estimated applying the criteria of the 2019 Statistical Benchmark Revision. This Revision is an update of the economic accounts carried out to incorporate new sources of information and improve the estimation procedures of the set of variables. The 2019 Benchmark Revision is instigated by Eurostat to homogenise the changes in the national accounts of all the member States of the European Union.

The RFDB set of records disseminated by Idescat is consistent with the data from the household income accounts of the Spanish Regional Accounting for Catalonia of the National Statistical Institute (INE). The last year for which the INE has household income accounts estimates is 2017.