BIG GAP BETWEEN MALAGA RICHEST AND POOREST

According to the Malaga newspaper, 20 minutos, figures taken from the 2008 report for local councils published last week show that average income in Malaga province – 16,126 euros – is 765 euros above the average for the region. However, this above-average income only applies in 11 of the provinces 100 municipalities in Málaga and all bar one is either on or near the coast – the exception being Alhaurín de la Torre. Ten of the richest municipalities are to the west of Malaga city and only one – Rincón de la Victoria – is at the eastern end of the Costa del Sol. Many of the poorest municipalities are in the Axarquía district, to the east of the capital. Income in seven villages there is below half the regional average and the district capital, Vélez Málaga, is almost 2,000 euros below the average annual income. The report is based on figures for 2005, when the population of Benahavís, in the west, earned an average of 21,054 euros, and the people of Salares, in inland Axarquía, earned 5,827 euros on average.

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