St. Petersburg Proves Popular With Locals
Published: May 29, 2013 (Issue # 1761)
ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) – St. Petersburg residents are more satisfied with their own city than those living in Moscow, according to a recent survey.
85 percent of St. Petersburg residents enjoy living in their city compared to the 69 percent of Moscow residents who enjoyed living in Moscow, the survey by the Superjob.ru online portal reported.
The percentage of Muscovites who enjoy living in Moscow is decreasing. In 2011, 75 percent of Moscow residents said they were satisfied with their city. In 2012, the number dropped to 72 percent.
The decline in satisfaction levels was less among St. Petersburg residents, whose rating of the city dropped by only one percent, from 88 percent in 2011 to 87 percent in 2012.
The majority of respondents in both cities cited traffic jams, large numbers of migrant workers, difficulties of basic needs being met and environmental factors as key issues.
The sociologists that conducted the study also asked respondents about the most positive developments in their respective cities. The highest percentage went to the increase in the amount of cafes and restaurants, with 40 percent of Muscovites and 51 percent of St. Petersburg residents seeing this as a positive trend. However, when asked how they felt about fellow city dwellers, the worst results were recorded with two percent of Moscow residents and three percent of St. Petersburg residents citing indifference.
The survey also indicated that goodwill towards strangers was higher in St. Petersburg than in Moscow, with nine percent versus four percent respectively. However, this figure has declined in both cities since 2012, when the numbers were 14 percent in St. Petersburg and six percent in Moscow.