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Population and education

  • Population of 800,000 people
  • Vibrant expat community of 20 000 people
  • High quality of life
  • 35 000 students
  • 9 200 students in STEM programs


The population of the South Central region is a total of over 1.4 million people. Towards the end of 2021 the population living 45 minutes from the industrial zones is almost 800,000, and only in 2020. More than 24,000 people settle in the district, and a record 9,000 in the city. Proof of the good balance between life and work is the presence of more than 20,000 foreigners who choose Plovdiv as their permanent home and place of work. The population of the city and district of Plovdiv is mostly young, with nearly 410,000 people under the age of 44.


Nearly 43,000 children are part of the education system in Plovdiv – over 13,000 of them with intensive language profiles and over 9,200 in STEM programs. 72 high schools train over 24,000 students who actively support the needs of the leading sectors in the region. Plovdiv is also home to one of the most successfully implemented forms of dual education in the country, with almost 1,000 students and supported by over 50 local companies. The well-developed educational system is complemented by 8 universities and over 35,000 students – with highly developed engineering, language and IT profiles.

There are a number of RnD centers in the city that work in collaboration with local businesses and give an unprecedented boost to the industry. Among them is the only in Bulgaria International Research Center for Excellence in Biology and Biotechnology “PlantaSYST” worth 30 million euros, funded by the Horizon Program in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology and the University Potsdam.

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