The GDP per capita in the district is still two times lower than the national average. Nevertheless, incomes have stayed higher mainly due to the daily labor migration of the population to the capital. An exceptionally high percentage of people in the district have secondary education. Pernik remains among the districts with relatively poor investment activity. Average local tax and fee rates in the district’s municipalities have been largely more favorable than the national average ones. Evaluations of the local administration are relatively low; the rate of cadastral map coverage is one of the most limited in the country.

Population ageing in the district has mostly been a consequence of the low natural growth rate but also of the negative net migration rate. The shares of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary education have remained considerably below national average rates.

The local population mostly seeks for medical service outside the district because of the district’s proximity to the capital. Crime rates have stayed high while crime clearance rates have remained below average. Cultural life is not particularly intensive.

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