Life on the Dénia-Xàbia axis is cheaper than in Madrid, Palma or Calp but more expensive than in Alicante, Murcia and Gandia

  • The Bank of Spain publishes a report in which it orders the 79 main urban areas of Spain from highest to lowest according to your cost of living
  • The big problem for the two areas of the Marina Alta included in the study is that they are not among the cheapest in the country, although they are in the queue for rent
  • The area of Dénia-Xàbia It is also made up of Benissa, Teulada, Els Poblets and Benitatxell while that of Calp is included in the Costa Blanca, with Benidorm

The Mercat de Dénia during a recent Saturday morning.

It seems an irrefutable reality that life in recent years in the coastal areas of the Marina Alta has become more expensive mainly due to tourism. At least that is the comment well reiterated in bar gatherings and neighborhood arguments, which always refer to the price of rent or housing but also to restaurant menus, to give two examples. But, how much has life really increased on the coast of the region compared to other areas of the State?

Now, a statistic answers that question: it is a study prepared by the Bank of Spain that ranks the 79 main urban areas in Spain according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE) according to their greater or lesser cost of life. To do this, it is based on indices such as the rental price -which is the fundamental- transport, education, leisure and culture, food, health and hospitality.

First of all, it must be pointed out that the INE considers an urban area to be one made up of cities with other nearby municipalities that form their environment of labor influence and actually detects a single exclusive of the Marina Alta: it calls it Dénia-Xàbia where, in addition to These two towns – which are considered cities – are also included in Teulada, Benissa, Benitatxell and Els Poblets.

Now then, there is Calp which, despite being located on this side of the Mascarat, is included in another much larger urban area, called Costa Blanca, which reaches El Campello from the south and whose main city is Benidorm. It is now a question of determining how both areas are in the general ranking of this analysis.

The latter analyzes a long period of time, which runs from 2004 to 2020 and excludes the Basque Country and Navarre due to the lack of rental prices. The most expensive urban area in the country is Madrid, which has a 1. From there, everything is cheaper. Barcelona follows very closely with a 0.985. On average, living in these two large cities is 20% more expensive than in other areas.

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Among those that have a harder pace of life for the pocket are also found below, among others, Girona, Palma de Mallorca, the Costa Brava, the Costa del Sol, Tarragona or Seville.

And almost next to the Costa Blanca, to which Calp belongs: it appears in 15th place of the 79 that exist with 0.863. Here life is only 13% cheaper than Madrid and is, for example, more expensive than Valencia, which appears in 37th place.

And Dénia-Xàbia? It is much further back in the rankings, half a table so to speak: in 46th place with a figure of 0.819. Living in this urban area already represents 25% less outlay than in Madrid. Now, that does not mean that subsisting here is a bargain: despite the fact that it is one of the smallest urban areas on the entire list, with just one hundred thousand inhabitants, it is the following more expensive in the Region, almost tied with Torrevieja but already well ahead of the Alicante-Elx axis, the most metropolitan of all the Alicante regions; from Gandia –with which it has always been compared due to its obvious tourist, economic and cultural similarities–; and Alcoi, Sagunt, Castelló, Orihuela or Elda-Petrer, which closes the list of 79.

Also in Dénia-Xàbia the prices of basic services are higher than other provincial capitals, such as Jaén, León, Badajoz, Murcia or Cáceres.

The cost of living in each urban area
  1. Madrid 1,000
  2. Barcelona 0,985
  3. Girona 0,915
  4. Palma de Mallorca 0.910
  5. Blanes – Lloret de Mar 0,904
  6. Sant Feliú de Guixol 0,903
  7. Costa del Sol 0.897
  8. Tenerife South 0.894
  9. Málaga   0,891
  10. Tarragona – Reus 0,874
  11. Santander – Torrelavega 0.8670
  12. Sevilla   0,866
  13. Lleida 0.866
  14. Zaragoza   0,864
  15. COSTA BLANCA 0.863
  16. Córdoba   0,860
  17. Aranjuez 0.860
  18. Gran Canaria South 0,859
  19. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 0.858
  20. Manresa 0.856
  21. Burgos   0,855
  22. Santa Cruz de Tenerife La Laguna 0.850
  23. Soria 0.849
  24. Bay of Algeciras 0.841
  25. Arrecife 0,841
  26. Vigo-Pontevedra 0.839
  27. Santiago de Compostela 0.839
  28. Toledo   0,839
  29. Segovia   0,837
  30. Guadalajara   0,836
  31. Huesca   0,836
  32. Valladolid   0,836
  33. A Coruña 0.834
  34. Huelva 0.834
  35. Asturias 0,832
  36. Velez Malaga 0.830
  37. Valencia 0.829
  38. Bay of Cádiz 0.827
  39. Almeria 0.827
  40. Logroño   0,825
  41. Orotava Valley 0.825
  42. Torrevieja   0,822
  43. Teruel 0.821
  44. Granada 0,821
  45. Salamanca 0,821
  46. DÉNIA-XÀBIA 0.819
  47. Jaén   0,817
  48. Alicante-Elche 0.817
  49. Palencia   0,809
  50. Ávila   0,809
  51. Sanlúcar de Barramdea 0.808
  52. Lion 0.806
  53. Ciudad Real 0.806
  54. Badajoz   0,805
  55. Murcia   0,805
  56. Sagunt 0.803
  57. Roquetas de Mar 0.802
  58. Albacete   0,802
  59. Cuenca   0,802
  60. Motril   0,800
  61. Ourense 0.800
  62. Cartagena  0,795
  63. Castellón 0.792
  64. Cáceres 0.790
  65. Lugo 0.790
  66. Orihuela 0.789
  67. Zamora   0,788
  68. Utrera   0,787
  69. Ponferrada   0,787
  70. Gandia   0,785
  71. El Ejido 0.784
  72. Lorca   0,784
  73. Talavera   0,775
  74. Ferrol 0.774
  75. Linares   0,770
  76. Merida 0.770
  77. Alcoi 0.768
  78. Puertollano  0,765
  79. Elda-Petrer 0.764
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It is not the same to earn a thousand euros in one place than in another

These are the numbers. Then comes your interpretation. The study allows us to make a photo fixation of the territorial differences in the levels of well-being that derive from the differences in income: because beyond the fact that there are places that are richer than others – and therefore places where, on average, their inhabitants have more purchasing power and can cope with higher expenses – it is also true that there are a number of target incomes that are the same everywhere. The minimum vital income is 469 euros in all latitudes and the minimum wage of 900 as well, but it is not the same to have it in Girona, which is in third place in the classification, than in Teulada, which belongs to an area that is in the middle of the table or in Puertollano, which occupies the penultimate place.

This applies a lot to the Marina Alta. And for the worse. The homes in the region are the ones with the lowest average household income in the entire Community and are well below the provincial and regional average, as published by the Institut Valencià d’Estadística in May of this year. At least officially. However, as we have already seen, the Dénia-Xàbia axis is among the most expensive living areas in the autonomous region; And the matter is even worse for Calp, who lives in an area with an even higher cost of living.

The study warns that rental spending is the main cause of the differences between the different urban areas, an issue that is also very much in vogue in the tourist areas of the region where access to housing is complicated by the predominance of tourist accommodation . In this sense, the Bank of Spain warns that it is the greatest weight on the total cost of living, on average 25%. It also detects some differences between the different territories analyzed, although already minor, in services such as hospitality or health.


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