HAVES AND HAVE NOTS: Spanish statistics agency names country’s wealthiest and poorest towns

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WEALTH GAP: Residents of Pozuelo de Alarcon had the highest average annual incomes of any in Spain. Credit: Wikimedia Commons


THE Madrid Region is home to some of Spain’s wealthiest towns while nine out of the ten poorest are in Andalucia, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

The INE’s Urban Indicators 2019 report released this week showed the Madrid Region’s Pozuelo de Alarcon is the town with the highest average income per resident at €25,957 a year.

Two Madrid towns, Boadilla del Monte and Las Rozas, came second and third respectively with €19,702 and €19,340.

Andalucia’s Nijar, in Almeria Province, had the lowest per capita income at €6,253. Sevilla Province’s Los Palacios and Villafranca, both with €6,550 were second and third respectively.

Alhaurin el Grande, in Malaga Province near the Costa del Sol, was fouth with €6,629 while Almeria Province’s Vicar came fifth with €6,634.

The INE looked at towns with more than 20,000 inhabitants and used figures from 2016, the latest available data on income.

The body’s data also showed Cataluña’s Cugat del Valles and Pozuelo de Alarcon had the lowest unemployment rates in 2018 at 6.2 per cent and 6.4 per cent respectively.

Jaen Province’s Linares and La Linea de la Concepcion in Cadiz Province had the highest with 32.8 per cent and 29.9 per cent respectively.

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