Dagblad van het Noorden reports that figures from the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) based on net annual earnings in 2015 found that average disposable income in the municipality of Groningen was only 18,400. By comparison, the Dutch average was 24,700 in that same year.
The relatively low income level is due in part to the student population: their comparative lack of earnings from regular employment drives down the local average. Several other student cities – Nijmegen, Delft, Wageningen and Rotterdam – join Groningen at the bottom of the list.
The wealthiest municipalities – Rozendaal, Bloemendaal, Laren, Oegstgeest and Heemstede – are clustered in the western and central regions of the Netherlands. Outside of the north, several poorer areas were located in Overijssel and Limburg. However, the findings should be taken with a grain of salt: the information is based on 2015 income levels, which was during the recent economic crisis.
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