Per capita, the increase in purchasing power is expected to be a little more moderate, probably just under 1.7 percent, as the market research institute GfK has determined in its 2017 purchasing power study.
In concrete numbers, that is at least 360 euros more than in 2016, which will be available to every German citizen. In theory at least – because the real purchasing power for 2017 also depends on the development of prices.
Real purchasing power would fall below this nominal value. On the other hand, of course, there is also the possibility that it will be even higher with low inflation.
The term purchasing power refers to the sum that is available to consumers for consumption, living and leisure expenses as well as for saving. This includes wages and salaries, but also state benefits such as pensions, unemployment benefits and child benefits.
Traditionally, these incomes are far from evenly distributed in Germany – it is not without reason that people often speak of the rich south of the republic. In fact, seven of the ten cities and counties are the wealthiest in Bavaria.
The rich and beautiful are drawn to Lake Starnberg – this is obviously more than just a cliché. The district of Starnberg is, as in previous years, the district with the highest average purchasing power per inhabitant. Each inhabitant will be able to spend 32,194 euros here in 2017.
This gives the Starnberger 45 percent more money available than the national average. Even in the Bavarian capital and its bacon belt, the average purchasing power is very high – not surprising given the high prices in the region. Thus, both the city and the district of Munich can be found on the front squares of the richest areas of Germany.
Here are inhabitants 30,136 and 30,907 euros per capita available. Only insignificantly less money have people in the districts Ebersberg, Fürstenfeldbruck and Dachau, which are all located not far from the state capital.
To make the Bavarian prosperity serious competition succeeds only two communities from the Frankfurt area: The Hochtaunuskreis occupied with a per capita purchasing power of 31,561 euros, the second place behind Starnberg. The Main-Taunus-Kreis lands at 29,931 euros per capita behind the two Munich circles in 5th place and thus even before the rich communities in the bacon belt of the Bavarian metropolis. The Schleswig-Holstein district Stormarn manages with 26,675 euros per inhabitant as the only northern lights just in tenth place of the illustrious purchasing power top ten.
How unequally the purchasing power in this country is distributed, becomes clear, if one takes a look at the weakest of the 402 German circles: In the Saxon Görlitz the inhabitants can on average have only about 17,496 euros – about 46 percent less than in the rich Starnberg.
Even in comparison to the national average, purchasing power in the easternmost district of Germany is a good fifth less. However, the costs of living are often much lower here as well. In fact, the stereotype of the poor East still does not seem completely unfounded.
Even in the three largest East German cities of Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden, purchasing power is between eight and thirteen percent below the national average.