Sociologists asked Latvian citizens in Riga: "It's frequently heard that for one reason or another people say they want to move outside Riga. What about you?"
29% responded they would like to move away from Riga. Of those, 20,1% would rather go away but 8,8% definitely.
Of the 61% who said they would not like to move, 25,4% said they would rather not, but 35,7% said they would definitely not want to move away.
The reasons to move away for those who would like to, are mainly linked to ecology. Although Riga is considered a green city, most of those who would like to move away said they miss green environment, nature, as well as peace and quiet (25,5%) Material and financial aspects, prices are the reason for 13,9%. People also mention place of residence (9,9%), population density (8,6%), preferring countryside and small-town life (7,4%), Riga government and corruption issues (7,4%) transport issues (7,3%), population, including national proportions (7,0%), and cleanliness issues (6,7%).
Sociologists also asked whether some have declared themselves in Riga just for the upcoming City Council elections. 3,5% said yes.
The survey was conducted in July 2020, with 1008 respondents.