The growth of the economy and the rise in incomes explain the relatively low poverty levels in Gabrovo district. Its economic activity has been intensifying, reaching levels higher than the country’s average, and this growth has been accompanied by an increase in employment rates. Expectedly for the district’s economic profile, a majority of the workforce has secondary education. Investment activity figures place Gabrovo among the leaders in the country. The district also occupies one of the top places in terms of the utilization of EU funds, where it is outranked only by Sofia (capital city). Although it has a relatively well developed economy, local taxes in Gabrovo remain comparatively low, as is evident from the 2020 figures. The transparency ratings of the local administration have been traditionally good.

The problem of population ageing is particularly acute in Gabrovo district. The low rates of natural growth and net migration explain the fast deteriorating age dependencies there. The majority of the population lives in urban areas. The district’s performance in the Education category is relatively good. It has kept its high ranking as regards the relative proportion of university students and holds one of the top places in the sphere of healthcare. Although criminal judges have small workloads, delivery of justice is sluggish. Crime rates are relatively low and detection is high. Gabrovo is among the districts with the best indicators for the state of its environment. Its cultural life is particularly active.

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