Montana is one of the districts with the lowest incomes and quality of life in Bulgaria, which is the main prerequisite for the high poverty levels among its population. Economic activity has registered the highest growth rate in the country but, at the same time, this has been accompanied by the highest rates of increase in both employment and unemployment, even though they remain considerably less favourable than average. Investment activity is relatively low but utilization of European funds is relatively high. This is the district with the lowest share of highways and first-class roads in the country. The average rate of local taxes is the second lowest in the country. The self-assessment ratings of the local administrations for the development of electronic government continue to lag behind.

The continuing tendency towards population ageing in the whole of Bulgaria remains particularly conspicuous in Montana district. Students’ results were once again extremely low in 2021. The shares of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary education have declined. Access to doctors in the district is relatively good. The workloads of the local criminal judges are considerably lower than the country’s average, which has an impact on the speed of delivery of justice. In 2020 Montana recorded the highest number of registered crimes. The district stands well in terms of its environmental indicators, which is mainly due to the low volumes of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, as well as to the smaller amounts of household waste and its management. Cultural life is characterized by its low intensity.

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