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The average per capita income fell in the Covid year 2020 for the first time since 2013 to 12,269 euros

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Average per capita income reached 12,269 euros in 2020, down 0.2% on 2019 and representing the first fall in this indicator since 2013, according to the Living Conditions Survey (ECV ) for the year 2021 National Statistics Institute (INE).

After six consecutive years of increases, the average per capita income in 2020, when the Covid pandemic was declared, was 23 euros below that of 2019 (12,292 euros).

Taking into account the 2020 income, the share of the population with an income below the risk of poverty line reached 21.7% of the resident population in Spain in 2021, seven tenths more than in the previous year.

The highest average annual income in 2020 was recorded in the Basque Country (15,544 euros per person), Navarra (15,269) and Madrid (14,836), while the lowest were in Extremadura (9,500 euros per person), Murcia (9,931) and Andalusia (9,915). ).

With data already corresponding to 2021, the INE indicates that 33.4% of Spanish households were unable to cope with contingencies last year, compared to 35.4% in 2020.

The Agency believes that households are able to meet contingencies when they have their own funds, ie without resorting to borrowing or hire purchase to pay for regular expenses previously settled in cash.

The survey also shows that 8.8% of households reached month-end 2021 with “great difficulty”, a percentage down 1.2 points compared to 2020.

INE also points out that the number of households that could not afford to take at least one week’s holiday a year was 32.7% in 2021, compared to 34.4% in 2020 .

According to the statistical office, 14.4% of households stated that they had defaulted on payments for their main residence or hire purchases in the 12 months prior to the survey. This percentage has deteriorated by almost one point compared to 2020.

The percentage of households that cannot afford to keep their homes at a reasonable temperature has also deteriorated, rising from 10.9% in 2020 to 14.3% in 2021.


The Canary Islands (15.2%), Andalusia (12.5%) and Murcia (11.8%) were the autonomous communities with the highest proportions of households reaching the end of the 2021 month with “major difficulties”. In contrast, the lower percentages are represented by La Rioja (3.1%), the Basque Country (4.6%) and the Balearic Islands (5.4%).

Likewise, households in the Canary Islands (49.8%), Murcia (43%) and Andalusia (42.4%) are those with the lowest capacity in 2021 to cover unforeseen expenses. On the other side are the Basque Country (18.4%) and Navarre (20.9%).

For their part, Andalusia (45.7%), Murcia (44.4%) and Extremadura (41.6%) recorded the highest percentages of households that could not afford to go on holiday for at least one week a year in 2021. The lowest percentages were in the Basque Country (16.4%), Madrid (21.4%) and La Rioja (22.4%).

The Canary Islands (26.2%), Murcia (21.3%) and the Balearic Islands (20.3%) have the highest percentages of households in default of payment for their main residence or hire purchase. In contrast, La Rioja (8%) and País Vasco (8.8%) recorded the lowest values.

Source europapress.es

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