Prague maintains its status as Czechia's best place to live

The Czech capital's quality healthcare, safety, high-quality infrastructure and abundant education opportunities sets it apart from other Czech regions.

Expats.cz Staff ČTK

Written by Expats.cz StaffČTK Published on 19.06.2024 10:25:00 (updated on 19.06.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

The Datank analytical agency's Place for Life benchmarking survey has again named Prague the best place to live in Czechia. Released Tuesday, the results show that Prague has taken the top spot for the third year in a row, followed by the South Moravia and Hradec Králové regions. 

The annual survey evaluates the social and environmental criteria of different regions and the satisfaction of its inhabitants. It assesses: leisure activities and tourism; civil society and tolerance; working conditions; safety; and healthcare.

Strengths in some areas, flaws in others

Based on this research, Prague has been deemed the most desirable place to live due to its “excellent infrastructure,” educational opportunities, and quality of healthcare.

However, the survey also highlights the need for improvement in the environmental sphere, as Prague has the highest amount of wastewater discharged into sewers per capita and a low amount of recycled waste. Despite this, the survey found that people living in Prague are the most satisfied among all the regions.

The South Moravian region, which took second place, also received high marks for its health and social services. The study commended Hradec Králové for its safety levels.

Same strugglers at the bottom

The bottom four regions in the ranking remained unchanged from last year, with the Karlovy Vary region again being named the worst place to live. The Ústí nad Labem region and Moravia-Silesia were ranked 13th and 12th respectively, while Olomouc came in 11th place.

According to Datank, the purpose of this comparative research is to encourage state and local governments, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, and local residents to strive for improvement in areas that affect quality of life.

THE FULL REGIONAL RANKINGS

  • 1.Capital City of Prague
  • 2.South Moravia
  • 3.Hradec Králové
  • 4.Zlín
  • 5.South Bohemia
  • 6.Pilsen
  • 7.Pardubice
  • 8.Vysočina
  • 9.Central Bohemia
  • 10.Liberec
  • 11.Olomouc
  • 12.Moravia-Silesia
  • 13.Ústí nad Labem
  • 14.Karlovy Vary

This is not the first time Prague has featured highly on indexes: the 2024 World’s Best Cities report by consulting firm Resonance said that the Czech capital was the sixth-best city in Europe after analyzing its ”livability, lovability, and prosperity.”

In 2022, Prague was an impressive sixth in lifestyle magazine Time Out’s annual ranking of best cities. The study praised the Czech capital for its aesthetic beauty, revamped public spaces, cultural scene, and affordable dining.

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