In terms of economic development, Pernik takes a place in the middle of the ranking. The relatively high incomes in Pernik district are the main prerequisite for the relatively low poverty levels of its population. The workforce is characterized by a high proportion of people with secondary education. Population ageing remains a major challenge for the local labor market. Investment activity in the district is relatively slack. The share of highways and first-class roads remains low, but road quality is good. Local tax rates are low. The AIP active transparency rating of the district’s municipalities is among the lowest in the country.

Age dependency continues to deteriorate and is among the highest in the country. Students’ results in the district are traditionally lower than the national average. Pernik has the lowest number of beds in the local general hospitals. The relative number of registered crimes in Pernik district is close to the national average, while the detection rate is slightly higher. The volume of generated household waste is the highest in the country. Pernik is the district with the least active cultural life in the country, which is probably related to its proximity to the capital.

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