Pernik

Income levels are relatively high in the district of Pernik due to daily labor migration to the capital as well as the higher average pension in the district. The labor market is on its way to recovery though as employment goes up more people start actively looking for jobs, thus joining the ranks of the unemployed. A certain outflow of foreign investment has been noticeable in recent years, while EU fund utilization has been relatively low. The district is characterized by a relatively well maintained infrastructure and a favorable taxing environment, but it lags behind in other spheres such as the local administration’s transparency and the enlargement of cadastral coverage.

Pernik is one of the districts where the number of people aged 65+ is twice the people aged 0 to 14. Indicators for the quality and coverage of the educational system are close to the respective national average figures. The district is characterized by a limited number of hospital beds and an insufficient number of specialist doctors. Crime rates are relatively high, while the clearance crime rate is relatively low. There are, however, signs of improvement in the efficiency of the judicial system. The good rating for environment quality is due mostly to the high connectivity of the population to WWTPs. In the sphere of culture, there have been some favorable tendencies only in terms of visits to local museums.

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