then you would get the real per capita income,
A lot of times the real per capita income is lower. It's like that with unemployment. The figures in the media are conservative. In reality, the rate is higher.
If people are complaining about the price of gas that's all the evidence you need. If they aren't able to do what they need to because of it, that's even more.
People are generally willing to pay a fair price they can fit nicely into their budget.