Shrinking Gap Between Polandís Rich and Poor Districts
April 6, 2017
An annual league table released by the Finance Ministry reveals a wide but shrinking gap between Polandís wealthiest and poorest districts.
Every year, the ministry publishes statistics on the per capita tax revenues of all of Polandís 2,478 districts. It subsequently uses the so-called Gg indicator to calculate the amounts local governments contribute to and receive from the central budget depending on how wealthy they are.
The latest calculations are based on 2015 data. They show that the per capita tax revenues of Polandís districts averaged zl.1,596.67 in 2015. At zl.1,597.53, the city and district of Częstochowa in the south of the country was the closest to the average. A total of 449 districts scored a Gg above the average, with the district of Kleszczůw in central Poland topping the list at zl.34,825.79 per inhabitant. The figure is 22 times the national average and 82 times more than the per capita revenues of the rural district of Radgoszcz, the worst faring district in the league table. Radgoszcz, which is located in the southern Małopolska province, managed a meager zl.424.77. It nevertheless did better than in 2012, when it collected roughly 100 times less in taxes than Kleszczůw.
The second-wealthiest district in Poland is the rural district of Rząśnia in the central Łůdź province, with a per capita tax revenue of zl.8,090.04 in 2015. The third-highest figure was reported by the rural district of Mielnik in Polandís northeast, at zl.6,168.21.
The highest-ranking urban district is the town of Podkowa Leśna near Warsaw, which at zl.3,772.43 is in 20th place. To compare, the urban district of Warsaw ranks 43rd with zl.3,126.34.
The list of the countryís poorest districts, apart from Radgoszcz, also includes Lipnica Wielka (zl.433.53), Rusinůw (zl.440.57) and Ropa (zl.456.45).
A total of 11 districts, down from 64 three years earlier, reported tax revenues below zl.500 per inhabitant.
Source: Polish Press Agency