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{{refimprove|date=October 2015}}File:Countries by GNI (PPP) per capita in 2016.png|align|thumb|upright=2|Countries by GNI (PPP) per capita in 2016]]Per capita income (PCI) or average income measures the average income earned per person in a given area (city, region, country, etc.) in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the area's total income by its total population.Per capita income The Free DictionaryIncome Per Capita Definition, Investopedia

As a measure of prosperity

Per capita income is national income divided by population size. Per capita income is often used to measure a sector's average income and compare the wealth of different populations. Per capita income is often used to measure a country's standard of living. It is usually expressed in terms of a commonly used international currency such as the euro or United States dollar, and is useful because it is widely known, is easily calculable from readily available gross domestic product (GDP) and population estimates, and produces a useful statistic for comparison of wealth between sovereign territories. This helps to ascertain a country's development status. It is one of the three measures for calculating the Human Development Index of a country.

United States

{{see main|List of highest-income counties in the United States}}In the United States, it is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the following: "Per capita income is the mean money income received in the past 12 months computed for every man, woman, and child in a geographic area." U. S. Census Bureau – Per Capita Income, American Community Survey {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151004063356weblink |date=2015-10-04 }} (Individuals who are at least 15 years old are counted.)

Critics

Critics claim that per capita income has several weaknesses in measuring prosperity:"The Economics of Well-Being" Harvard Business Review] 2011]
  • Comparisons of per capita income over time need to consider inflation. Without adjusting for inflation, figures tend to overstate the effects of economic growth.
  • International comparisons can be distorted by cost of living differences not reflected in exchange rates. Where the objective is to compare living standards between countries, adjusting for differences in purchasing power parity will more accurately reflect what people are actually able to buy with their money.
  • It is a mean value and does not reflect income distribution. If a country's income distribution is skewed, a small wealthy class can increase per capita income substantially while the majority of the population has no change in income. In this respect, median income is more useful when measuring of prosperity than per capita income, as it is less influenced by outliers.
  • Non-monetary activity, such as barter or services provided within the family, is usually not counted. The importance of these services varies widely among economies.
  • Per capita income does not consider whether income is invested in factors likely{{According to whom|date=August 2015}} to improve the area's development, such as health, education, or infrastructure.

See also

References

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