>> In 2012, households living in conditions of relative poverty totalled 12.7 percent of resident households, thus making over 9.5 million poor individuals, or 15.8 percent of the resident population.  Absolute poverty involves 6.8 percent of households, or a total of 4.8 million individuals. The regional situation highlights how southern Italy and the Islands, where more than a quarter of households are poor, are at a sharp disadvantage; by contrast, in the rest of the country decidedly lower rates of relative poverty are recorded (7.1 in the Centre and 6.2 percent in the North).

>> In 2011, around  58 percent of resident households in Italy earned a net income lower than the average annual amount (29,956 euros, approximately 2,496 euros a month). Campania records the highest income distribution inequality and Sicilia the lowest average annual income (over 28 percent lower than the national average); in addition, in this region, on the basis of the median income, 50 percent of households fall below 17,804 euros per year (approximately 1,484 euros per month). 

>> In 2012, 24.9 percent of resident households in Italy experienced at least  three of the difficulties considered in calculating the deprivation synthetic index, showing an increase in comparison to the previous year. The regional situation highlights how southern Italy and the Islands are at a sharp disadvantage with a value of the indicator equal to 41.0 percent.

>> During the first months of 2013, the percentage of people aged 14 and over who said they were very or fairly satisfied with their economic situation was 40 percent. The level of satisfaction of persons with their economic situation decreases as one moves from the North to the South of the Country, and is marked by large regional variability, passing from 69.2 percent in Bolzano/Bozen to 25.3 percent in Sicilia.