GDP, salaries and pensions in Smolyan district continue to rise. The poverty level is above average. Employment and unemployment are rising, with both indicators remaining relatively unfavorable. Business and investment activity has been showing some improvement. There are no railways, highways and first-class roads in the district. Local taxes in the district are relatively low. Smolyan has the second lowest share of own revenues in the total municipal revenues and is the district with the lowest coverage of municipal expenditures with local revenues.

The population of the district is among the fastest aging in the country. Smolyan continues to rank among the districts with the highest educational results. The share of people with health insurance is high. The health insurance system covers practically the entire population of the district. Smolyan is the district with the lowest workloads of the local judges and among those with the smallest number of registered crimes. The district also ranks first with the highest share of forest areas and the lowest share of degraded land. The intensity of its cultural life remains weak, but tourism is strongly represented.

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