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The average Mexican household consists of 3.8 members, earns $843 a month and is headed by a person just shy of 50 years old, according to the 2014 National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure.

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, survey, published Thursday, revealed that an average household is made up of 2.4 members between the ages of 15 and 60, 1.1 members aged 14 or younger and 0.3 members over the age of 60.

The average head of household is 48.8 years old, while the average home is made up of 1.7 economically active persons aged 15 or older and 2.4 income recipients.

In 2014, 119,906,312 people were members of a Mexican household, a definition that excludes domestic workers and guests, while the country had a total of 120,073,612 inhabitants, the report said.

Mexico's population is made up of 51.5 percent women and 48.5 percent men. Of the total, 31.3 percent are between 12 and 29 years old, 26.7 percent are between 30 and 49, 22.1 percent are between 0 and 11 and 19.9 percent are 50 and older, the survey revealed.

The average household income is 13,239 pesos ($843) a month and 39,719 pesos ($2,529) per quarter.

By income level, the lowest stratum (1) received an average of 7,556 pesos ($481) per quarter and the highest (10) brought home an average of 143,614 pesos ($9,147) every three months.

For all strata, the average quarterly income per household fell 3.5 percent compared to 2012.

Large differences exist among the 10 strata in terms of spending on food and education.

Households in the lowest income strata spent an average of 50.7 percent of their income on food, beverages and tobacco in 2014, compared with 41.7 percent and 22.5 percent, respectively, by households in strata 5 and 10.

Families at the highest income level allocated 20.6 percent of their budgets to education and entertainment, compared with just 5.6 percent in the case of stratum 1 households.