• Ballina  has the third lowest level of income nationally, in towns with populations of 10,000 people or more.

    That’s according to the latest report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), while households in Malahide, Co Dublin, enjoy the highest median incomes.

    The CSO report on the geographical spread of income showed the median gross income for households – the midpoint in the range of incomes earned in Ireland – was €45,000 in 2016. By local authority area, it ranged from €32,000 in Donegal to €66,000 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

    Of the 41 towns in the study the lowest medians were Longford (€29,200), Enniscorthy (€31,000) and Ballina (€33,000).

    Nine of the 10 highest median incomes were in Leinster. Carrigaline had the highest median for Munster at €59,000, Castlebar had the highest in Connacht at €37,000 and Letterkenny had the highest in Ulster at €36,000.

    Social welfare payments made up more than half of income in 14 per cent of households, while the State pension formed the majority of income in 13 per cent of households. This means that in 27 per cent of households in the State, social welfare made up more than half of their income.

    Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had the lowest proportion of households where the majority of gross income came from social welfare at 6 per cent. In contrast, 20 per cent of households in Longford, 20.2 per cent in Donegal and 19  per cent in Carlow relied on social welfare for the majority of their income.

    In terms of gender, men had higher incomes than women across selected occupations. The CSO pointed out that that this comparison was not adjusted for hours worked, which accounted for some of the difference in incomes.