Stara Zagora

Stara Zagora district ranks second in the country after the capital in GDP per capita, and third in average salaries. Poverty indicators are close to the national average. In 2019, there was practically no unemployment in the district, and employment figures were among the highest in the country. However, this did not result in overcoming the existing deficits in the educational structure of the workforce. Stara Zagora is among the leaders in production value and attracts a relatively large volume of investment. Thanks to the Trakia highway, the share of first-class roads and highways is relatively large, but road quality is gradually deteriorating. Local taxes in the district remain below the national average, despite some increases. The results of the municipal administrations’ self-assessment of the administrative services they provide are deteriorating and so are the ratings of the municipal authorities’ transparency.

The district has deteriorating demographic indicators, while the relatively low negative net migration rate keeps population numbers at a relatively constant level. School education has achieved results similar to the national average, with an improvement in the teacher-student ratio. The healthcare system provides relatively good access to doctors and morbidity in the area is low, though infant mortality is alarmingly high. The judicial system in Stara Zagora is among the busiest in the country, yet it manages to be relatively efficient. The district has the highest carbon emissions in the country, and the amount of household waste is growing. Among the cultural activities in the district, museums attract most of the interest.

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