GDP per capita, salaries and incomes in Kyustendil district have all been growing but their levels remain below the national averages. Employment remains low and in 2020 it even went into decline. The trend toward population ageing is still a challenge before the labor market. Investment activity is among the weakest in the country. Utilization of European funds also retains its low levels. The density of the road and railway networks in the district remains higher than the national average. The share of highways and first-class roads is also higher. The average rate of local taxes in the municipalities is among the lowest in the country. However, the Active transparency rating of the local self-government also remains among the lowest in the country.

Due to the extremely negative values of the natural population growth, Kyustendil is among the districts with the oldest population. The shares of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary school are relatively low. Students’ results remain unsatisfactory. Kyustendil is among the districts with the highest number of GPs, but there is a relative shortage of specialist physicians. Its performance in the field of justice is among the poorest in the country. The number of crimes and the share of detected crimes are close to the respective national averages. Kyustendil district is a leader as regards the environmental indicators, which is mainly due to the amounts of generated household waste and of those handed over for treatment and recycling. Cultural life is characterized by its low intensity.

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