Income, Living Conditions and Poverty


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Key national indicators of poverty and social exclusion, persons and households in 'consistent poverty', at risk of poverty rate, persons below the poverty threshold, deprivation and income. The results are classified by sex, age group, household composition, tenure status, urban or rural location, principal economic status, highest education level attained and region. Deprivation indicators include: Unable to afford a meal with meat, chicken or fish every second day; Without heating at some stage in the past year; Unable to afford a morning, afternoon or evening out in the last fortnight; Unable to afford new clothes, etc. The Health-related variables are: Medical card; Private medical insurance; Chronic illness or disability; Limited activity; Health Status; Smoker. Income measures include: Gross household income, Direct income, Social transfers, Tax and social contributions, and Net disposable income.



CSO EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) .


Private households.



Reference period

Survey information is collected continuously throughout a calendar year

Start date



12 months after the end of the reference year


  • Age
    0-17 years; 18-64; 65-74; 65+; 75+ years.
  • Economic status
    At work; Unemployed; Student; Home duties; Retired; Ill, disabled; Other.
  • Household composition
    1 adult, no children; 2 adults, no children; 3 or more adults, no children; 1 adult with children; 2 adults with 1-3 children; Other households with children.
  • Housing occupancy
    Owner; Rented or rent free.
  • Education level
    Primary or below; Lower secondary; Higher secondary; Post leaving cert; Third level non degree; Third level degree or above; Other.
  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West.
  • Direct income
    Employee income; Employer's social insurance contributions; Cash benefits or losses from self-employment; Other direct income.
  • Social transfers
    Unemployment benefits; Old-age benefits; Family/children related allowances; Housing allowances; Other social transfers.
  • Tax and social contributions
    Tax on income and social contributions; Employer's social insurance contributions; Regular inter-household cash transfers paid.


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