Best cities to live in
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June 5, 2011
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Russkii Reporter has compiled a top 10 of the best Russian cities to live in based on a combination of statistical data, mostly gathered from the municipalities themselves and a survey among the cities citizens. Moscow and Saint Petersburg were excluded from the competition.

After browsing the top 10, don’t forget to look through the actual data in these infographics. They have been translated into English.

1/ Survey 1: Do you like living in your city?
2/ Survey 2: In which of these aspects do you see your city developing most rapidly?
3/ Index of City Development

1 Krasnodar

Popular rating:
3d place
Statistical rating:
1st place

Krasnodar’s leading position has not been threatened by the stormy post crisis development of the large industrial centers in the Urals and Siberia. Its main advantages, the climate and its attraction to investors did not falter.  Investment still pours into the city, not the least because of transparent working conditions that have been created. There is also the factor of herd behavior. After the first investors achieved success, others follow en masse.

 

2 Krasnoyarsk

Popular rating:
1st place
Statistical rating:
3d place

 

Krasnoyarsk is widely considered to be a regional center not only for finance and industry, but also for human capital. Furthermore, it is a natural transit hub, located on the intersection of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the historical trade routes along the Yenisei River.  Its high average salary and expenditures on education, as well as its unwavering rate of economic growth, make Krasnoyarsk into one of the most prospective cities in Russia. Our expert German Vetrov: ‘The distinctive trait of this megapolis is its stability. Krasnoyarsk has shown itself to be very resistant to external influences’.

 

3 Kazan

Popular rating:
2nd place
Statistical rating:
7th place

 

Because of the preparations for the 2013 Universiade Kazan experiences a massive construction boom. From our survey among its citizens it becomes clear that the majority appreciates the results, even despite the obvious conflicts and discomforts that come with large construction efforts. Road building and public transport are being developed and even when it comes to real life problems such as the lack of kindergartens Kazan is a leader. At this moment Kazan receives large federal funds and it remains to be seen if the positive trend can be sustained. One of the interesting projects being developed is an IT Park.

 

4 Rostov-on-Don

Popular rating:
7th place
Statistical rating:
4th place

 

Characteristic of Rostov-on-Don are the high expenditures on health care, the relatively low crime rates and low unemployment. The citizens themselves value the cities opportunities for leisure. Its status as the capital of the Southern Federal Okrug gives Roston-on-Don not only additional administrative possibilities, but also a serious advantage in the attraction of investments.

 

5 Khabarovsk

Popular rating:
10th place
Statistical rating:
2nd place

This megapolis in the Far East confidently maintains its strong position. It has the highest average salary among the cities in our rating, as well as the lowest levels of crime and unemployment. That is why it is so strange to see a rather low turnover in the retail sector. A possible explanation is the low level of development of the retail chains. Our expert: ‘Khabarovsk has a long term development strategy, conducts interesting reforms in the sector of farm management and land use, which is yielding results’.

 

6 Novosibirsk

Popular rating:
9th place
Statistical rating:
6th place

Russia’s third city in population size is deservedly called the intellectual capital of the country.  Novosibirsk is the undisputed leader when it comes to investments in education, but somewhat paradoxically it is also the leader in number of committed crimes. In general this city shows rather flat rates of development.

 

7 Yekaterinburg

Popular rating:
8th place
Statistical rating:
8th place

It’s already the second year that Yekaterinburg has lost track of the top positions, after it came in first in 2008 and 2009.  First, the city had been has been heavily affected by the crisis. Second, the high quality of life before the crisis created high expectations of the local authorities. The latter may explain the cities low ranking in the popular rating. There is however no doubt that Yekaterinburg still has the potential to be one of the leaders.

 

8 Yaroslavl
Popular rating:
4th place
Statistical rating:
9th place

 

In 2010 Yaroslavl celebrated its 1000’s birthday. The preparations for the festivities were accompanied by significant financial injections from the federal and regional center as well as private sources. With these funds buildings and roads have been restored and social objects have been constructed. As a result Yaroslavl could beat many of its rivals on a range of statistical parameters. In particular, the city leads the list of budget expenses per capita. Yaroslavls powerful industry and its own revenues make it the second city in central Russia after Moscow, our expert says.

 

9 Ufa

Popular rating:
5th place
Statistical rating:
11th place

The capital of Bashkortostan is a recurrent participant in our ratings because of the economic strength of its oil refineries. To be fair in comparison to last year Ufa lost its place in the top 10 of our statistical rating. The citizens themselves are more or less positive. Only 15% doesn’t like living in Ufa.

10 Perm

Popular rating:
14th place
Statistical rating:
5th place

 

This mighty industrial center also lost positions in our rating. One quarter of its citizens is unhappy with the way the city is developing.  And that is despite the higher than average expenditures on health care and education. Perm is in significant degree being supported by Lukoil, our expert notes. It is also an ambiguous city. The authorities actively experiment with the image of the city, which creates conflict.