After several years of hesitant growth, GDP per capita in the district overtook the national average growth rate. The annual average salary also increased considerably. Unemployment began to decline though this was mainly due to the population’s lower economic activity.

Investment activity in the district of Plovdiv is close to national average figures. The average rates of local taxes and fees in the district’s municipalities are above the national average level.

The demographic picture has been considerably more favorable in the district than in the country as a whole because Plovdiv is one of the few districts that attract net migrants from other districts. Plovdiv has continued its traditional good performance at matriculation exams. Both the number of doctors and the hospital capacity in the district have remained above national levels. Though the judges in it have some of the highest workloads in the country, administration of justice has been relatively speedy. The relatively high urbanization rate and population density in Plovdiv come to explain the high access of the population to sewerage and wastewater treatment plants. In 2016 cinemas registered the highest growth rate and the greatest number of visits.

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