According to Rosstat, in the Vladimir region in 2021 the income of half of the residents was less than 1.3 fixed set of goods and services. In fact, this means that almost half of the region’s population can afford no more than relatively good quality food, clothing and mandatory payments.
The purchase of electronics and household appliances will already be tangible for the family budget, and the purchase of an apartment or a car is almost unrealistic. Vladimir region is inferior to all neighboring regions in terms of median income. The RIA Rating agency ranked the Russian regions according to the well-being of their residents.
Compared with 2020, the welfare of the inhabitants of the region slightly deteriorated. Then the median income exceeded 1.35 times the cost of a fixed set. At the same time, the number of citizens living below the poverty line decreased from 12.5% to 11.7%. According to this indicator, the region ranks 27th in Russia, which is quite optimistic against the general background.
Thus, in the Vladimir region, half of the residents receive incomes well below the national average, but the majority of citizens do not fall below the poverty line. More than a third of the countrymen are in such a position of “comfortable survival”.
Earlier, Vladimirstat presented welfare statistics in the context of urban and rural residents according to data for 2021. As it turned out, urban residents on average can afford 1.8 minimum comfortable set of goods and services, but residents of Vladimir villages on average came close to the poverty line.
The residents of the regional center have the most favorable financial situation. Vladimir residents have an average of 2.24 fixed set of goods and services. But even this figure was low for major cities. Vladimir residents are almost twice as poor as Muscovites, and Vladimir villagers are almost four times poorer. For comparison, Moscow residents in 2021 could afford 4.61 fixed sets.
Low wages in the region indicate a relatively small share of businesses with high added value. In an interview with ProVladimir, Acting Governor Alexander Avdeev acknowledged this problem and said that it also pulls backward in the social sphere, which turns into an outflow of specialists:
“Unfortunately, even though we are quite well equipped industrially, the level of average wages in our economy is far from ideal. We are in the last five regions of the Central Federal District, losing to most regions – Moscow, the Moscow region, Kaluga, Yaroslavl, Voronezh… Maybe only Kostroma and Smolensk win.
What does it mean? Low wages. And going back to the fact that there are presidential decrees that salaries in the social sector [are tied to the average in the economy]. Let’s say the salary of a doctor is 200% of the average for the economy. A teacher’s salary is 100-150% of the average. If you have a low base, then salaries in the public sector will be lower than in other regions.
This is why we have a huge shortage of doctors. Our staffing level in medicine is … well, it’s very difficult. Many have left for the neighbouring regions. And we are now reviewing our approach to attracting specialists. But we need to give the base – to raise the income of the population, to stimulate the growth of demand for real estate, for the sphere of consumption, to raise the tax base of the budget, and through this to stimulate the social sphere.