Property prices drive up household assets, Bloemendaal tops the ranking


Dutch households are getting richer and their median worth rose €10,000 last year to €38,400, national statistics agency CBS said on Monday.

The median figure means that half of households have assets below €38,400 and half have more.  Excluding property, which leads to wild fluctuations, the median income is €14,600. This is €800 down on the record booked in 2010.

The residents of Bloemendaal near the Noord-Holland coast were the wealthiest, with median assets of €337,000, nine times the national average. A large number of Brabant villages also featured at the top of the list.

Rotterdam has the lowest median assets at just €4,300.

The 10% of households with the fewest assets were actually a combined €45bn in debt. This is largely due to their property being worth less than they paid for it, the CBS said.

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