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Delhi continues to lead the country in per capita income: it is about three times the national average.

According to reports, the average income in Delhi rose to about Rs3,03,073 (US$4,700) per annum in 2016-17, compared to Rs2,73,618 during 2015-16, a 10.76% increase.

However, more than 1.7 million people in Delhi continue to live below the poverty line, according to the latest estimates, with an income of less than Rs1,134 per month. The most recent poverty statistics are from the 2016-17 Delhi Statistical Handbook.

On Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia released the “Estimates of State Domestic Product – 2016-17” report, which pointed out that the national per capita average income for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 were Rs94,178 and Rs1,03,818, respectively.

“The per capita income of Delhi has been fast increasing year by year. It is expected to be Rs3,03,073 for 2016-17 against Rs2,73,618 during 2015-16. This reveals an annual growth of 10.76% over the previous year as against 10.2 per cent at the national level,” the Delhi government said in a statement.

The report said that Delhi ranked first and Goa came second with Rs2,70,150, followed by Chandigarh with Rs2,42,386 during 2015-16.