Říčany retains crown, Prague comes in second in Czech quality of life rankings

For the second time, the town of Říčany was named the best place to live in the Czech Republic

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston Published on 13.08.2019 16:43 (updated on 11.03.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

For the second year in a row, the Central Bohemian town of Říčany was named the best place to live in the Czech Republic out of 206 municipalities. Prague again came in second.

The order of the
cities began to change compared to the previous list after that.
Hustopeče, South Moravia, jumped into third place. Central Bohemia
was back for the next two spots with Černošice dropping into fourth
and Brandys nad Labem-Stara Boleslav rising up into fifth. Brno,
South Moravia, took sixth place.

The lowest ranked places again were Karviná, in 205th place, and Orlová in 206th place. Both are in the Moravia-Silesia region.

In general, the
regions of Prague, Central Bohemia, and South Moravia had the highest
quality of life, while the worst places were in Moravia-Silesia, Ústí
nad Labem, and Karlovy Vary.

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Downtown Orlová. via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA 3.0

The ranking was made by research firm Obce v datech in cooperation with consultancy Deloitte. The chart evaluates the quality of life based on 29 indicators in three broad categories: health and environment, material security and education, and relationships and services.

The second annual
ranking allows for comparison to see which places improved and which
did worse.

“This year, the
first comparison of the quality of life development in individual
municipalities is available. And every year will be more interesting
from this perspective. We believe that a transparent comparison with
other municipalities based on data will be a useful tool for managing
municipalities and an impulse for positive changes,” Obce v datech
Managing Director Jan Havránek said in a press release.

Přelouč, in the Pardubice region, was the most improved. It jumped up 88 spots compared to the first ranking. Municipalities in the Zlín and South Moravia regions in general showed the most improvement.

The biggest decline in quality of life was in Železný Brod in the Liberec region, falling 79 places to 125th. The region that showed the most overall decline was Hradec Králové.

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The full ranking can be seen here.

Quality of life index
(previous ranking in parenthesis)
1. Říčany (1)
2. Prague (2)
3. Hustopeče (9)
4. Černošice (3)
5. Brandys nad Labem-Stara Boleslav (7)
6 Brno (16)
7. Židlochovice (14)
8. Beroun (6)
9. Slapanice (27)
10. Litomyšl (12)

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