A third of Rīga residents want to move elsewhere

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A third of Riga residents want to move elsewhere, according to a survey of Rīga residents conducted by the sociological research agency "Latvijas fakti" in August and September, LETA reported on December 10.

The question asked was "Would you like to live in a different place in Latvia (not in Rīga)?" 31% of the respondents replied positively. 69% said no.

Men, respondents aged 25–34, people with higher education, and high-income workers are more likely to want to move away, according to the survey, along with people with children and people who have cars.

More desire to leave Rīga was expressed by Latvian speakers, but less by Russian speakers.

62% of the respondents said that in the next five years, they would stay in their existing place of residence.  13% said they considered moving to another country, 9% to the vicinity of Rīga, 8% to another location in Latvia, and 7% to another Rīga neighborhood. Another 4% plan to move to another residence in their area.

As the main reason to move away from Riga, the opportunity to be closer to nature, and living in a greener environment, was indicated (18%). 14% want to leave Riga because of the cost of living, 13% - because of family conditions, 10% - for work reasons, 8% for safety reasons, 7% for access to housing, and 7% - to provide children with an appropriate environment and services.

The survey interviewed 2,207 Rīga residents aged 18 and over.

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