Annual per capita disposable income of urban households in China 1990-2018

In 2018, the annual per capita disposable income of urban households in China amounted to approximately 39,251 yuan. Annual per capita income in Chinese urban areas saw a significant rise over the last decades and is still rising at a high pace. During the last nine years, per capita disposable income nearly doubled in China.

Income distribution in China – additional information

As an emerging economy, China faces a large number of development challenges, one of the most pressing issues being income inequality. The growing income gap between rural and urban areas has been stirring social unrest in China and poses a serious threat to the dogma of a “harmonious society” proclaimed by the communist party. In contrast to the disposable income of urban households, that of rural households only amounted to less than 15,000 yuan in 2018. Coinciding with the urban-rural income gap, income disparities between coastal and western regions in China have become apparent. As of 2018, households in Shanghai and Beijing displayed the highest average annual income of about 68,000 yuan both, followed by Zhejiang province with 55,600 yuan. Heilongjiang, a province located in the Northeast of China, had the lowest average annual household income in China with merely 29,200 yuan.

Income inequality in China - the Gini coefficient

The Gini coefficient is the most commonly used measure of income inequality. For China, the official Gini coefficient also indicates the astonishing inequality of income distribution in the country. Although the Gini coefficient has dropped from its high in 2008 at 49.1 points, it still ranged at a score of 46.8 points in 2018 and has been moderately raising since 2015. The United Nations have set an index value of 40 as a warning level for serious inequality in a society.

Annual per capita disposable income of urban households in China from 1990 to 2018

Per capita income in yuan
201839,250.8
201736,396.2
201633,616.2
201531,194.8
201428,843.9
201326,467
201224,564.72
201121,809.78
201019,109.44
200917,174.65
20006,295.91
19954,279.02
19901,516.21
Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

China

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Note: 1 yuan equals approximately 0.13 euros and 0.14 U.S. dollars (as of November 2019).

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Population in China"

Further Content: You might find this interesting as well

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.