Living standards in 2006
According to the new income survey, in 2006 half of France’s residents had an annual income of less than €17,600. In comparison with 2005, this standard of living index has improved by 1.7% in constant euro. The best-off 10% have an annual income of at least €33,190. The working population as a whole (people with a job and the unemployed) had an average standard of living comparable to that of pensioners. 13.2% of the population was poor in 2006; their income is less than €880 per month, which corresponds to 60% of the median standard of living. Poverty affects 30% of single-parent families, generally consisting of a mother and her children. It is in towns with a population of more than 20,0000, outside of greater Paris, that the poverty rate is highest.