The Central Bohemian town of Říčany has the highest quality of life, while the Moravian-Silesian town of Orlová has the lowest. These are the conclusions of the Quality of Life Index prepared by Obce v datech (‘Municipalities in Data’) in cooperation with Deloitte as its principal consulting partner. The Index compares publicly available data on health, material conditions and relations within the community in all 206 Czech municipalities with extended powers.
The Quality of Life Index comprises a total of 29 variables expressing the standard of health, the environment and the availability of health care, optimal material conditions (work, housing, education), sufficiency of services and relations within the community (for example in the form of the existence of local associations etc). It processes big data collected from the Internet and the public sector.
“The project does not assess municipalities in subjective terms. It merely assesses the availability of the given services and possibilities in individual municipalities based on methodologies applied by the UN and the OECD. The data are subsequently verified by Deloitte. The comparison may show the strengths or weaknesses of the municipality, thereby supporting its strategy going forward,” says Pavel Šiška, Partner in Charge of Deloitte’s Consulting.
The list is topped namely by Prague, Brno and the surrounding areas. Towns in South Bohemia also did well. At the bottom of the list are towns in the Moravian-Silesian and Ústí nad Labem regions. To view the full Quality of Life Index ranking, visit obcevdatech.cz. The page features the overall quality of life index in respect of individual municipalities as well as sub-indexes in three main categories:
- Health and the environment
- Material security and education
- Relations and services
“Municipalities in Prague and the surrounding area top the ranking primarily thanks to the excellent availability of services and possibilities, which are concentrated in Prague and easily accessible for neighbouring municipalities, for example by train. What is more, the number of possibilities, such as quality schools and associations, is also above the average per population in these municipalities. The municipalities with the worst rankings are located in structurally disadvantaged regions. The majority of municipalities in these regions are populated by a large number of people with financial difficulties as the number of job vacancies is smaller in comparison with others. The pollution is also rather high in the Ústí nad Labem and Moravian-Silesian regions,” says Jan Havránek, a statutory executive at Obce v datech.
A more detailed summary and values in different categories are released in respect of municipalities that participate in the project. In respect of others, only a summary assessment is available.
Top 10 and Bottom 10 Municipalities in the Ranking:
|Ranking||Municipality||Region||Quality of Life Index|
|2||Prague||Capital City of Prague||9.8|
|5||Trhové Sviny||South Bohemia||7.7|
|7||Brandýs nad Labem – Stará Boleslav||Central Bohemia||7.5|
|8||České Budějovice||South Bohemia||7.3|
|199||Podbořany||Ústí nad Labem||2.1|
|201||Žatec||Ústí nad Labem||1.9|
|202||Litvínov||Ústí nad Labem||1.5|
|203||Most||Ústí nad Labem||1.3|
Throughout the year, the project of Obce v datech will release partial studies, in the next few days for example the connection of quality of life and the availability of housing. The project will also feature a module for regular communication between the town and its citizens (referred to as a “Municipal Café”) and a module for comparing municipalities in terms of economic performance.
For more details about the project of Obce v datech and Deloitte follow this link(in Czech).