In 2014, the district of Ruse ranked sixth in terms of GDP per capita. Compared to 2010, Ruse had the second largest GDP growth (after Stara Zagora) in Bulgaria, both in absolute terms and relative to the population. Unemployment has been declining while employment keeps rising. Nevertheless, investment, both domestic and foreign, and the utilization of EU funds by municipalities in the district have remained below the national levels. The quality of road surfaces remains far below the average levels, and keeps deteriorating. Local taxes and fees are relatively low.
During the last decade, the demographic situation in the district has been deteriorating faster than nationwide, mostly because of the low natural growth. The district’s students have traditionally received close to the national average grades at matriculation exams, and they had relatively few failing grades in 2016. Healthcare in the district suffers from lack of doctors and relatively few hospital beds. The clearance crime rate remains lower than the national average. A great part of the population is still living without access to public sewerage. The district has an intense cultural life.
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