PwC has prepared third edition of its report on the 12 largest Polish cities presenting the growth potential and based on a methodology developed by the consulting company. Katowice was ranked the 4th best developed metropolis in the overall ranking.
As it was in 2007 and 2011, when PwC has published the former editions of the reports, in analysing the development potential of the cities, the company uses the concept of 7 capitals, each of which is important for the city’s development: human and social, culture and image, quality of life, technical and infrastructure, institutional and democratic, investment attractiveness, sources of finance. „A city with high development potential is a city with all 7 capitals well and evenly developed. If one of the capitals is less developed, this suggests weakness – and indicates a direction for strategic remedial action” – the authors say.
The report’s authors have made efforts to source comparable data and have used the most recent available data (generally from 2013–2014). In the overall ranking, Katowice was places at the fourth place after Warsaw, Wrocław and Kraków. The combined value of the 7 capitals of Katowice is 109 (the average for the 12 cities: 100). Warsaw, Wrocław and Kraków measured the levels of 136, 114 and 112 respectively.
The report also shows how the growth index of gross domestic product per capita was changing between the years 2005 and 2014. The GDP of Katowice grew by 20% and together with Szczecin was at the lowest level among the 12 cities (34% average).
The full report concerning the Katowice agglomeration will soon be presented by PwC. Only then the exact values of the 7 Katowice capitals will be known.