Dubrovnik Second Best Developed City in Croatia

Lauren Simmonds

Coming second only to the capital, the Pearl of the Adriatic is the second most well developed city in the country.

As Dubrovacki Dnevnik writes on the 7th of January, 2018, the most well developed Croatian city is of course Zagreb, followed by Dubrovnik, according to the Ministry of Regional Development. Poreč, Krk, Rovinj, Umag, Sveta Nedelja, Hvar, Opatija and Zaprešić also find themselves relatively high on the list.

The Ministry of Regional Development has released a new model of the urban development index for the period between 2014 and 2016, which will determine the intensity of stimulating development through state measures and numerous assistance programs.

The model has been altered from the former version which proved to be defective, resulting in several areas suffering significant injustice because some were deprived of state aid while some others had aid provided, although they didn’t actually require it. The index has therefore been altered and is calculated on the basis of average per capita income, the average unemployment rate, and other factors.

In the group of eight” above average developed” cities according to the new criteria, of which there are 34, 25 are coastal cities, which isn’t really surprising since tourism is the most profitable branch of the entire Croatian economy. Of the ten most developed which have been listed above, seven are coastal, of which three are Istrian, followed by three continental locations – the City of Zagreb, Sveta Nedelja and Zaprešić, according to gradonacelnik.hr.

Being the most well developed Croatian city, The City of Zagreb has a development index of 116.56, which means, among other things, the average annual income per capita is 44,733 kuna with an average monthly income of 6,232 kuna.

In second place comes Dubrovnik with an index of 115.64 and revenues even higher than in Zagreb, at 7,394 kuna per month. The average annual income in Dubrovnik amounts to 38,130 kuna per capita.

The third in line is Poreč in Istria, where income per capita is higher than in Zagreb at 6,820 kuna, while per capita income is 37,539 kuna.

Then comes Krk with an average income per capita of 6,449 kuna and an income of 35,539 kuna a year, Rovinj with an income of 39,437 kuna per capita and 7,110 kuna per month.

Still in the top ten come Umag, with 6,720 kuna per month, Sveta Nedelja with 4,019 kuna and 43,803 kuna per capita, Hvar with 7,310 kuna per month, Opatija with 7,626 kuna and Zaprešić with 3,848 kuna.


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