Middle income group

In the following text, the middle income group includes all persons living in a household with an equivalised gross income of between 70% and 150% of the median equivalised gross income of the year observed. The analyses are based on the results of two surveys: the Household Budget Survey (HBS), which is more appropriate for longer time series and financial analysis (see “Evolution of the middle income group” and “Increase of compulsory expenditure”), and the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) for the additional studies on the middle income group.

Additional studies on the middle income group

To complete the annually updated indicators, the FSO also conducts more in-depth studies on the middle income group, taking a closer look at certain topics. These publications can be downloaded free of charge at “Further information/publications” on our French or German pages.

Further information

Press releases

Statistical sources and concepts


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