Romanians’ purchasing power increased in 2018, but so did the gap between regions

The study conducted by GfK on purchasing power in Romania in 2018 shows that while the average net income increased, it has also made the disparities between regions bigger. For example, Bucharest, which is at the high end of the purchasing power spectrum, is surrounded by counties with some of the lowest incomes, according to

The results of the study are presented graphically in the form of a “heat map”, where blue and dark blue represent the areas with the lowest purchasing power at the national level, while regions in orange and red have the highest purchasing power.

Purchasing power per inhabitant by county (country average = 100)

Across our country, annual net income per capita increased by 18 percent in 2018, reaching EUR 5,083 from EUR 4,556 in 2017 and EUR 4,181 in 2016.

Botosani, Vaslui, Calarasi and Giurgiu counties have the lowest purchasing power, followed by Suceava, Neamt, Vrancea, Buzau, Ialomița, Teleorman, Olt and Mehedinti. The group of counties with purchasing power below the national average is completed by Satu-Mare, Maramures, Bistrita-Nasaud, Harghita, Covasna, Bacau, Iasi, Braila, Tulcea, Valcea, Dolj, Caras-Severin, Gorj, Salaj, Mures.


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