The average annual income per household member in Gabrovo is the second highest in the country after that in the capital. It is one of the districts with the highest share of people in the workforce with secondary education, which corresponds to its industrial profile. The ageing of the population remains a challenge for the labor market. Business and investment activity again remained high in 2019. Gabrovo ranks second in the country as regards the utilization of European funds. The infrastructural development is very good, and this is the district with the densest road network in the country. Although Gabrovo is among the districts with relatively highly developed economy, the level of local taxes again remained low in 2021. The transparency of the local municipalities records high values.

Gabrovo is one of the districts (along with Vidin) with the most unfavorable demographic conditions. Students’ results are relatively high, although in 2021 they were below the average levels for the country. In the past few years, there has been an increasing shortage of teachers in the district. The number of patients treated in the local hospitals remains relatively high. Although the workloads of the criminal judges are relatively low, this has little effect on the speed of delivery of justice. In 2020, Gabrovo was the country’s leader with 76% of detected crimes. The district’s performance as regards the environment indicators is very good. Despite the nationwide restrictions imposed in 2020 due to the pandemic, Gabrovo’s cultural life remained among the most intense ones in the country.

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