Warsaw tops the "A municipality good to live in" ranking

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The representatives of the awarded local governments are holding diplomas
Author: Marcin Kmieciński

Warsaw won the ranking of the Local Government Website of the Polish Press Agency called "A municipality good to live in" in the category of municipalities with district rights. The second place was taken by Wrocław and third by Poznań.

"A municipality good to live in" is a nationwide ranking that shows the quality of life in municipalities. It was prepared by Professor Przemysław Śleszyński from the Polish Academy of Sciences. The prize has been received today on behalf of the capital city by Deputy Mayor Aldona Machnowska-Góra.

This another recognition for Warsaw is the result of many years of work and cooperation with residents. We listen to their needs and want to respond to at least some of them. We know that the residents of Warsaw think positively about their city and identify with it. Then again, the city simply fulfils its tasks – public transport, green spaces around us, accessible education and culture, free crèches and care for seniors, as well as municipal services and housing conditions – everything that local governments deal with on a daily basis. Having received this award, we feel obliged to perform equally well or even better in the future because our residents, as all local government officials know, are very demanding, said Aldona Machnowska-Góra.

The factors taken into account when compiling the ranking included the investment expenditures of municipalities, their attractiveness in terms of migration and settlement, the quality of education in their area, as well as access to health care, recreation or green areas. The author of the ranking looked at the demographic burden on local governments, cultural infrastructure and Internet access. Less obvious indicators such as sunshine and climate water balance were also used to create the ranking. For the first time in the ranking a wide range of environmental data was used. The list includes all 2477 Polish municipalities.

The ranking is a set of 48 sub-indicators, designed to provide, as broadly as possible, comprehensive information on various aspects of quality of life for the average Polish family, i.e., working parents who have children, as well as  grandparents. This quality of life consists of many elements, often subjective, said Professor Przemysław Śleszyński. I wanted, and this approach has probably been used for the first time to such a broad extent, to introduce as many nature-related issues as possible into this quality of life, which usually incorporated the socio-economic and housing components. The environmental conditions in which we live are of great importance, and will be increasingly important together with the climate changes that are occurring today, added Prof. Śleszyński.

The results of the ranking were announced in five categories: cities with district rights, suburban areas of cities with district rights, municipalities with a district seat, urban and urban-rural municipalities with cities of more than 5,000 inhabitants, rural and urban-rural municipalities with cities of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. Among the cities with district rights, the highest quality of life of residents can be boasted by Warsaw, Wrocław, Poznań, Rzeszów and Kraków.

The top of the ranking was dominated by municipalities located in the Warsaw agglomeration. The first position was taken by the urban and rural municipality of Ożarów Mazowiecki, the second by the rural municipality of Michałowice (Mazowieckie Voivodeship) and the third by the rural municipality of Stare Babice. In total, as many as 10 out of 20 first-place municipalities are located near the capital.

There are four large cities in the top 20, including Warsaw (5th position), Wrocław (15th), Poznań (18th) and Rzeszów (20th). The latter is the only city, apart from Warsaw, in which the actual population (i.e. including the non-registered population) is expected to grow by 2050.