Though Vratsa remained in the upper half of the GDP per capita district ranking, it was one of few districts where it dropped in 2015. The labor market in the district exhibited certain disturbing tendencies. Vratsa was also among the few districts where employment rates went down in 2016 while unemployment was twice the size of that in the country as a whole. The low quality of road surfaces is still a serious problem. Investment activity was weak though the average rates of local taxes and fees in the district’s municipalities are relatively low.

The demographic picture in the district is deteriorating. The average grades at matriculation exams rose in 2017 to approach the national average. Vratsa was one of the districts with the lowest judge workloads and a high crime clearance rate. The district’s relatively low urbanization determined the relatively small share of the population connected to sewerage systems. On the other hand, its air was relatively unpolluted and the quantity of generated waste was low. In 2016 the district’s cultural life could be characterized by low intensity.

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