Říčany retains crown, Prague comes in second in Czech quality of life rankings
Říčany town center. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA 3.0

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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Raymond Johnston

Prague-based journalist with over three decades of media experience writing about culture, business, and travel. Folktale and legend expert, and avid photographer. Follow him on Instagram at @raymondjohnston4 or visit his blog magicbohemia.com.

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