Říčany best place to live in Czechia, followed by Prague, according to Quality of Life Index

View of the city center across Mlýnský rybník

The best place to live in Czechia is the Central Bohemian town of Říčany, followed by Prague according to this year’s Quality of Life Index put together by the Obce v Datech project. The annual list is created by using big data analysis to crunch a wide array of statistics ranging from community services, to work, education and health conditions.

Říčany - ruin of the castle  (the west of the main square) | Photo: Lukáš Kalista,  Wikimedia Commons,  CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED

If you’re looking for the ideal place to settle down in Czechia then Říčany, a town with a population of around 16,000 which lies to the east of Prague, is probably your best bet. At least according to the annual Quality of Life Index, which has placed it at the top of its list for the past five years in a row.

The town has the best access to health services, the best environment and the best access to jobs in the whole country, the index suggests.

Prague came in second overall in this year’s list, ranking highest in areas such as access to services, transportation, security and activities. However, the index placed it as one of the worst places in the country when it comes to affordable housing.

Out of the more than 200 municipalities that were analyzed as part of the index, Czechia’s largest cities, Prague and Brno, and their surrounding areas generally performed best.

Meanwhile, the worst performing municipalities on the list generally came from the regions in the north-west and north-east of the country.

Karviná - Barbora mine  (Mining monument) | Photo: Michal Klajban,  Wikimedia Commons,  CC BY-SA 3.0

Settlements in the mining districts of Karviná and Most ranked especially low when it came to health and environment indicators, followed by bad scores in education and employment as well. In fact, half of the municipalities from the Ústí nad Labem Region that were included in the list ranked in the bottom 30.

When compared with the previous year’s results, the index showed that some of the fastest improving municipalities were in the Hradec Králové Region, north-east of Prague. Towns, such as Nový Bydžov and Kostelec nad Orlicí tended to rank especially well in terms of their community life and access to services.

The annual index is created by using big data analytics to interpret statistics from both government and independent institutions. These numbers are evaluated along similar lines to those used by the OECD and the United Nations in their indexes. The authors warn, however, that the results should be approached with added context. For example, some municipalities may rank low in terms of access to pharmacies, but, if they are within close proximity of large cities, their inhabitants can use favorable transportation options to travel to one faster than in remote regions.

The full list can be found in English here: https://www.obcevdatech.cz/en/