Is Donostia the best city to live in?

«San Sebastián has things that the whole world does not have …». Thus begins a popular song that the majority of the people of Donostia have listened to since their earliest age. And maybe it’s true. At least if one takes into account the data of a study that bears the title of the ‘Urban Indicators’, and that the Statistics National Institute . It is an initiative that is included within a European project that collects information on the living conditions of the main cities of the European Union and in which 405 municipalities of the entire State with more than 20,000 inhabitants have been studied.

The study highlights that Saint Sebastian It is the best capital in the entire State if its socioeconomic indicators are taken into account. The Statistics National Institute It is based on the fact that the Gipuzkoan capital leads the ranking in average annual income per inhabitant and also tops the list in terms of the low level of unemployment in the city. But this positive data is also transferred to its metropolitan area, which is known as Donostialdea.

The OTHER highlights the average income per inhabitant of Saint Sebastian in 2016 it stood at 17,203 euros. This figure places the Gipuzkoan capital in tenth place in relation to the State as a whole. It is only surpassed by Getxo . This Biscayan town is ranked number 6, with 18,599 euros of annual per capita income, according to 2016 data. Saint Sebastian is in 10th place with 17,203 euros, followed at number 11 by Vitoria (16.848).

In position 13 is Arrasate with 16,385 euros, at number 18 it appears Zarautz (15,456), at 23 Durango (15,145) and in 24 Eibar with 15.101. Bilbao it occupies number 25 in the table with 14,870 euros per year per inhabitant and behind Leioa (14,575) and Galdakao (14.532). Hernani in 39th place with 13,451 euros per capita and Portugalete with 13,216 euros in 46th place it closes the list of the twelve richest Basque municipalities in the State.

The study ‘Urban Indicators’ also points out that the average income in the Functional Urban Area (AUF) of San Sebastián a per capita income of 15,401 euros is established, much higher than Madrid (13.948 euros), Pamplona (13.636 euros), Barcelona (13,394) the Irun (13,198 euros), municipalities that also present very positive socioeconomic indicators.

In the State as a whole, of the 405 municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants, The three cities with the highest per capita income are, in addition to Pozuelo, Boadilla del Monte (19,702 euros) and Las Rozas (19,340 euros), all of them in the Madrid’s community. The other side of the coin is the protagonist Níjar (Almería), municipality with the lowest income with 6,253 euros, according to the report of the OTHER. They accompany you by the queue Alhaurín el Grande (Malaga), with 6,629 euros, and The Palaces and Villafranca (Seville), with 6,550 euros.

The European project ‘Urban Audit’

The European project ‘Urban Audit’, currently called ‘Data Collection for Subnational Statistics (Mainly Cities)’, collects information on living conditions in cities of the European Union and candidate countries. Launched by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and coordinated by Eurostat, it is developed by the Statistical Offices of the participating States.

Its objective is the compilation, estimation and publication of comparable statistical data of socioeconomic content to know and measure the quality of life in a certain number of territorial areas related to the urban environment. Urban Indicators1 is a selection and adaptation of the content of the European Urban Audit project. From the list of indicators collected, 38 were chosen from different domains.

The most notable novelty of this new edition of the publication is the introduction of new indicators and the incorporation of all municipalities over 20,000.

The first major city to appear on the list is Madrid, in 15th place, with 15,717 euros, followed four places later by Barcelona (15.389). And the last positions are for municipalities of Andalusia, since apart from the three mentioned, there are Vicar (Almería) with an income of 6,634 euros, Isla Cristina (Huelva), with 6,823, and the people of Cadiz from Barbate Y Sanlucar de Barrameda, with 6,894 and 7,032 euros, respectively.

The ‘top’ 50

1. Pozuelo de Alarcón


2. Boadilla del Monte


3. Las Rozas


4. Sant Cugat del Vallès


5. Majadahonda


6. Getxo


7. Torrelodones


8. Alcobendas


9. Three Cantos


10. San Sebastian


11. Vitoria-Gasteiz


12. Villaviciosa de Odón


13. Arrasate / Mondragón


14. Villanueva de la Caño.


15. Madrid


16. Paracuellos de Jarama


17. Sitges


18. Zarautz


19. Barcelona


20. Potters


21. Castelldefels


22. Vilassar de Mar


23. Durango


24. Eibar


25. Bilbao


26. Esplugues de Llobregat


27. El Masnou


28. Leioa


29. Galdakao


30. Sant Joan Despí


31. Pamplona


32. Egüés Valley


33. Molins de Rei


34. Algete


35. SS de los Reyes


36. Cerdanyola del Vallès


37. Rivas-Vaciamadrid


38. S. Feliu de Llobregat


39. Hernani


40. Gavà


41. Oviedo


42. Barañain


43. A Coruña


44. Castrillón


45. Colmenar Viejo


46. Portugalete


47. Castellar del Vallès


48. Girona


49. Santiago de Compostela.


50. Bétera


In case of Saint Sebastian It also stands out that it is one of the four cities in the Basque Country among the fifteen with the least state unemployment, according to 2018 data. Sant Cugat del Vallés With an unemployment rate of 6.2%, it is the best placed on this list, but Donostia is in third position tied with Las Rozas with an unemployment rate of 7.2%. Getxo (8,7%), Vitoria (9,5%) e Irun (9.6%) complete the group of cities with less state unemployment.

It surprises that Getxo It is included among the fifteen cities with the lowest activity rate (51.6%) despite having one of the lowest unemployment rates, which is explained by the fact that fewer people are working in this town but are not looking for a job. Also in Bilbao the activity rate is low, 52.9%. Getxo It also ranks as the tenth town with the highest life expectancy in the entire State, 84.2 years, the only city in the Basque Country on this list.