The Catalan economy is strong, but Catalonia is not the richest autonomous community in Spain. In terms of GDP per capita, Catalonia exceeds the national average by 19%. It is fourth in the list of autonomous communities, just after Navarra and before Aragon. The first in the list, almost 37% above the average, is the community of Madrid.
That said, whether in Catalonia or in Madrid, the overall statistics always hide more than they reveal. According to the 2016 Living Conditions Survey, 13.2% of people in Catalonia were at risk of poverty (in Madrid, 18.2%) and 32.3% of households in Catalonia had difficulties or serious difficulties in making ends meet (in Madrid, 29.7%).FAQs