Montana is one of the districts with relatively low incomes and quality of life. Trends in the labor market are unfavorable. The low education of the workforce remains a challenge. Investment activity in the district is relatively low. The density of the road and rail networks remains lower than the national average. The average level of local taxes in the municipalities of the district is the second lowest in the country. The local administrations’ self-assessments on the development of e-government and the provision of administrative one-stop-shop services are significantly below the national average.

The continuing tendency towards population ageing in the whole of Bulgaria remains particularly conspicuous in Montana district. Students’ results are relatively low. The number of beds in local general hospitals has been increasing and remains significantly higher than the national average. The district has recorded the highest number of registered crimes against the person and property in the country over the last two years. The amount of household waste in the district is low, and its management is good. Cultural life in the Montana region is among the least intense in the country.

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