In 2011 the wealthiest were 8 times richer than the poorest

01 Oct 2012


Turkish Statistical Institute has recently published Income and Living Conditions Survey of 2011. According to the survey, in 2011, the people in Turkey's highest income group were 8 times richer than those in the lowest.

New Horizons - Therefore, in 2011, while the share of 20 percent, which has the highest income, is 46.7 percent, the share of 20 percent which has the lowest income is calculated as 6 percent.

Annual disposable income per household

According to the survey, the average annual disposable income per household was 24 343 TL.

The average annual equivalised household disposable income, which is the total income of a household divided by the number of household members converted into equalized adults, is measured 10 744 TL.

The average annual equivalised household disposable income is an important indicator to see the individual prosperity in the household.

Among the regions, Istanbul region has the highest average annual equivalised household disposable income with 14 873 TL. South East Anatolia region has the lowest average income with 5 418 TL.

The at-persistent-risk-of-poverty-rate is 18,5 percent

According to the survey of Turkish Statistical Institute, 16,1 percent of total population was at-risk-of-poverty in 2011.

While this rate is 13,9 percent for urban areas, it is 15,7 percent for rural areas by using poverty thresholds calculated separately for urban and rural areas.

Turkish Statistical Institute also calculates at-persistent-risk-of-poverty-rate and shows the percentage of the population living in households where the equivalised disposable income was below the “at-risk-of-poverty threshold” for the current year and at least 2 out of the preceding 3 years.

In accordance with this definition, at-persistent-risk-of-poverty-rate is 18,5 percent in 2011.

Social Transfers

According to survey, in 2011 other social unrequited benefits like family-child benefits, housing benefits, poor household benefits  were spend on pensions and survivor’ benefits have 92 % of social transfers.