The results of a survey conducted by the World Bank, has concluded, that people who live in Cluj would feel that they had a better quality of life, if the prices of land and housing were lower.
The answers were based on results from over 1,000 citizens in Cluj, and is a part of a larger project of the plan for the development of the county.
The survey demonstrates that county residents believe that the largest obstacle preventing them having a better quality of life, is that the housing and land prices are too high. In terms of comparison, Cluj is competing with Romania’s capital, Bucharest, when it comes to the price per square meter for property, land and rent. During the 4th quarter of 2019, property prices in Cluj were 7% more expensive, compared to the previous year, according to imobiliare.ro.
Roads and Infrastructure
The second most affecting factor, in terms of dissatisfaction expressed by the participants, are issues related to mobility. There has been discussions regarding the implementation of the a number of solutions, but these are going to take time.
Those who took the survey, sighted the lack of alternative routes and the fact that there’s no dedicated transport belt, which would relieve congestion by allowing commuters to avoid passing directly through the city, in order to access other areas, especially during rush hours, where the volume of cars is increased dramatically.
Incomes and Salaries
Although Cluj offers the second highest salaries in the country, after the capital, respondents feel as though the salary increases do not rise to the level of expectations from the employees. The average net salary increased by 14.6% in the past year from 2,720 lei (€570) to 3,116 (€652) from October 2018 through October 2019.
The good news is, the participants feel satisfied with the internet and phone services, the amount of public investments made by the local administration and the general quality and diversity of the cultural aspects of Cluj.