The government’s Statistics Center of Iran (SCI) today released its annual report on family life and income in the country [Mehr News Agency, 1 January].
- The average annual income for a family living in urban areas is 106 million rials, equivalent to $6,666 in today’s market currency rate.
- The average annual income for a family living in rural areas is 59 million rials, or $3,711.
- The average annual expense for urban households is 113.8 million rials, or $7,168. Meaning the families in the cities spend 8% more than their income. 23% of urban household expenses are for food, and 33% for housing. 24% of urban households rent or lease their houses and apartments.
- 33% of urban households earn their income through wages and salaries, 18% through their small businesses, and an unexplained 49% of urban households list their income source as “other.”
- 91% of urban households use natural gas for heating and cooking, 88% have mobile phones, and 37% have automobile.
- In rural areas, the average annual household expenses are 68.5 million rials, or $4,300. Meaning an average rural household’s expenditure some 16% more than its income. 34% of rural households are engaged in farming, 33% earn their income through wages and salaries, and 32% from other sources.
The figures indicate that the Iranians have more disposable income than ever before, and are enjoying the modern amenities of life, such as automobile and mobile phone. They are, however, spending more than their income, probably as a result of rising inflation, with no savings.
49% of the household income in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas, are not from wages or salaries or small businesses or farming, unusually high numbers that need further explanations. The size of an average household was not reported.