Benahavís overtakes Rincón and is now the wealthiest place in the province

The village of Benahavís.
The village of Benahavís. / Josele-Lanza
  • Malaga, Marbella and Torremolinos are also in the 'top 5' of highest incomes,and Almáchar is once again the poorest village

Rincón de la Victoria is no longer the wealthiest municipality in the province. It has been beaten on that score by Benahavís, which put on a real sprint, increasing its gross average income by about 10 per cent to 28,428 euros per inhabitant in a single year. This makes it the seventh wealthiest municipality in Andalucía, and the 172nd in Spain.

The figures are from a report on 'Income Tax Statistics by Municipality' for 2015, produced by the tax authority (AEAT), which shows that Rincón de la Victoria has dropped to second place in Malaga province with an average gross annual income of 27,003 euros per inhabitant.

This year's top place, Benahavís, near Marbella, includes some of the most luxurious housing developments in Spain, such as La Zagaleta and La Quinta.

Malaga has remained in third position with 24,463 euros and Marbella (24,182 euros) has overtaken Alhaurín de la Torre (24,066 euros) to fourth and fifth place respectively. The report only includes municipalities with over 1,000 inhabitants.

The average gross income in the province is 22,175 euros, which is an interannual increase of 3.2 per cent. The average disposable income is now 18,695 euros.

With regard to Andalucía, Malaga is third on the list in terms of income declared by taxpayers, behind Seville (23,267) and Cadiz (22,455). The average gross income in Andalucía is 21,392 euros, the second lowest in Spain after Extremadura.

At the other end of the list, once again Almáchar is the poorest municipality in Malaga province, with an average gross income of 12,363 euros per inhabitant. That is less than half the figure for the wealthiest village, Benahavís. Nevertheless, the average gross income in this municipality in La Axarquía has risen by 12 per cent in a year, so it is no longer one of the ten poorest villages in Spain. In 2014 it had the third lowest income in the country.

Almáchar is accompanied on the lower part of the list by other rural villages in Malaga. In fact, there appears to be a correlation between the size of population and the level of income. The high rate of unemployment in these villages, their ageing population and their dependence on agriculture - which is the economic activity with the lowest incomes declared for tax - explain why the figures are so low.

The richest places in Spain

On a national level, the municipalities of Pozuelo de Alarcón, Boadilla del Monte, Majadahonda and Las Rozas in Madrid province and Sant Fruitós de Bages and Matadepera in Barcelona declare the highest gross income, according to AEAT.

Pozuelo de Alarcón has remained in first place with an average gross income of 69,136 euros, up from 61,643 the previous year. In second place is Sant Fruitós de Bages, which has 8,387 inhabitants. The previous year it wasn't even in the top 20, but in 2015 it reached an average gross income per inhabitant of 67.806 euros. Boadilla del Monte has dropped into third place, with 52,770 euros, followed by Majadahonda (Madrid) Matadepera (Barcelona), Las Rozas (Madrid), Sant Just Desvern (Barcelona), Sant Cugát del Vallès (Barcelona), Alcobendas (Madrid) and Torrelodones (Madrid).

The figures from AEAT show that the average gross income of the more than 18.89 million people who declare income tax was 25,582 euros in 2015, which was 3.1 per cent higher than in 2014. The average gross disposable income was 21,106 euros, which was in increase of 4.3 per cent.