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Income and wealth statistics for households2012



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Income rise of NOK 15 000

Median after tax income was NOK 446 000 for all households in 2012. This was a growth of NOK 15 000 in real terms from the previous year.

Income after tax for households by type of household, Median1
After tax median incomePer cent2
20122011 - 20122007 - 2012
1Students not included
2In constant prices
All households446 2002.710.2
Singles under 45 years255 2002.54.0
Singles 45-64 years288 4003.910.0
Singles 65 years and older228 5004.119.1
Couples without children, oldest person under 45 years554 7002.44.4
Couples without children, oldest person 45-64 years649 4005.014.5
Couples without children, oldest person 65 years and older487 9004.522.4
Couples with children 0-6 years678 0003.19.3
Couples with children 7-17 years769 8003.511.2
Couples with children 18 years and over844 7003.811.6
Mother/father with children 0-17 years370 1002.16.9
Mother/father with children 18 yers and over476 4002.98.9

In real terms, income after tax for all households increased by 2.7 per cent in 2012 compared to 3.6 per cent the year before.

All types of households had a real income growth in 2012. As in previous years, elderly households had the strongest income rise. The income of couples without resident children, where the oldest person is aged 45-64 years, saw the largest increase, of 5 per cent. Pensioner households, both couples and single persons, also experienced a strong rise in income, mainly due to receiving old-age pension in combination with income from work.

Single parents are among the households that saw the weakest income growth in 2012, of 2.1 per cent. Despite these households increasing their income from work, the economic value of public transfers, especially dwelling support, decreased.

Strong income growth in the last 10-year period

Since 2002, median income for all households has risen by NOK 108 000 in real terms. This constitutes an income growth of 32 per cent in the 10-year period 2002-2012. Elderly households may be considered the “income winners” during this period. The household income of couples without children, where the oldest person is 65 years or more, saw a 53 per cent increase from 2002 to 2012. Among single persons aged 65 years or older, income rose by 47 per cent. Younger singles (aged below 45), on the other hand, faced the weakest income growth of 16 per cent in this period.