Kyustendil’s economy has been on the rise in recent years though incomes and salaries have been lagging behind national average levels. The labor market has shown some positive tendencies while population ageing and depopulation have been a negative influence. Both local and foreign investment in the district has been relatively low while EU funds have been relatively poorly utilized. Local administration performance and the availability of its services have retained an unsatisfactory level despite the considerably lower local taxes and fees compared with the national average level.

Population ageing and depopulation have been particularly intensive in the district in the last few years. High school students’ matriculation results have been improving while still remaining below the national average rates. Local courts have had traditionally high workloads and that has affected the speed of justice administration. Air pollution continues to be a problem in the district.
Cultural life has a relatively low intensity.

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