Survey on Costa Rican Household's Income and Expenditure

10% of households with higher incomes make up 34% of total household income, with a monthly average of $5,269 per household.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

From a statement by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC)

Growth in household income and expenditure

- In urban areas the average current net household income is $1,657 per month, while in rural areas it is $862 a month.
- Households spend more than 50% of consumer spending on food, transport and housing.

The current income and expenditure of households how grown in the last nine years, according to the National Household Income and Expenditure Survey (ENlGH 2013) carried out by ran the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) between October 2012 and October 2013 with a sample of 5,705 households distributed throughout the national territory.

In a comparison between ENlGH 2014 and ENlGH 2013, it can be seen that the average monthly income per household presents a variation of 13.9% and 22.8% at the level of individual, during those nine years. Meanwhile, current expenditure presents a variation of 21.2% at the household level and in terms of individuals it is 32.2%.

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