Białystok one of best places to live, says new report
Białystok is one of the best places in Poland to live, according to a report on quality of life by the European Commission.
The newly published report looked at 83 cities across Europe including Warsaw, Gdańsk, Kraków and Białystok with data from over 58,000 interviews.
According to the report, Białystok residents were the least affected by crime, with 94 percent of those surveyed saying they hadn’t had money or property stolen, well above the average of 83 percent across the EU.
Safety on public transport was also a highlight for Białystok as the city finished in joint place with Ljubljana and Gdańsk. All three cities scored 93 percent while 83 percent was the EU average. Rome had the least safe public transport ranking with only 43 percent.
The capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship, Białystok has a population of about 300,000 residents and they had higher than average scores in 21 of the 27 categories that the European Commission surveyed.
Warsaw scored above average in 17 out of the 27 categories, Kraków scored above average in 19 out of the 27 categories and Gdańsk scored above average in 26 out of the 27 categories.
The only category where satisfaction in Gdańsk was below the EU average was in healthcare services.
The port city did exceptionally well across the board with over 90 percent satisfaction in a number of areas including 97 percent satisfaction in both a ‘good place to live in general’ and ‘being satisfied to live in the city’.
Gdańsk residents also registered over 90 percent approval ratings in the categories of ‘being a good place for families with young children’ and ‘cultural facilities’
Zürich was the top performing city, ranking top in 9 of the categories including ‘time to get a request solved by local administration’, ‘satisfaction with public transport’ and ‘air quality’.
The report covered capital cities and a range of large and smaller cities across the continent finding that 9 out of 10 are satisfied with life in the city.
For most urban residents the quality of life is increasing with 38 percent feeling that city life is better than 5 years ago, the same percentage felt life was the same while just under 1 in 4 felt things had gotten worse.
There was a distinct north and south divide in some responses such as how easy it was to get a good job with residents of countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece finding it much harder than residents in Poland.