DUBLIN has by far the highest disposable income in the country, according to the latest available data.
Earnings in the capital are increasing every year with the gap between the it and the closest counties widening each year, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) found.
Figures for 2018 showed that both the city and county of Dublin were far and away ahead of the next highest county (Kildare) when it came to spending power per worker after taxes and social insurance contributions were deducted.
Average disposable income in the Dublin region was €24,969, the CSO said, which is a staggering 17.4% higher than the State average of €21,270.
2018 data saw a year-on-year increase of 5.7% for Dublin, where incomes were 6.2% higher than those of Kildare, which in turn was 10% above the average.
Statistician John Milne said: “Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, Wicklow, Meath and Cork in that order, are the only counties where per capita disposable income exceeded the State average of €21,270 in 2018.”
The gap between the regions widened to €7,578 in 2018, due to Dublin regional incomes increasing by 5.7%, or almost €1,350, while those of the lowest region, around the border, increased by only €199, or 1.2%, Mr Milne said.
Some counties have never had per capita disposable income greater than the State average during the entire period 2004 to 2018, the CSO noted.
Women in Ireland could on average expect to live just over 70 years in a relatively healthy state in 2018 – six years above the EU average. Men could expect to live around 68.5 years in relatively good health, which is nearly five years above the EU average.
When it came to domestic transport in 2018, Ireland had 445 passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants, the seventh-lowest in the EU.