Budapest: Socio-Economic Indicators

Each of the following maps demonstrates the heterogeneous nature of neighbourhoods in Budapest in terms of socio-economic characteristics.  These maps highlight explicit patterns of geographical segregation; socio-economic indicators reveal the least deprivation in the North-Western areas of Buda and most deprivation in the South and areas East of Pest.  Socio-economic indicators were derived using data from the 2001 Census provided by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office.

The following socio-economic indicator maps are colour-coded; high concentrations of a socio-economic characteristic are represented by brown tones, which lighten as the concentration reduces.  Intermediate concentrations of a socio-economic characteristic are represented by the white tone.  The lowest concentrations are represented by green tones.  For further information about how these maps were created, please visit the methodological section of the Atlas.  Click on each image for a full-screen view of the maps below.


Area Distribution of Unemployment in Budapest

This map demonstrates a clear pattern of unemployment throughout Budapest.  Most evident is the predominance of low levels of unemployment (shown in green tones) in the North-West of Budapest.  Areas with the highest levels of unemployment are located on the East Bank, bordering the River Danube.  Unemployment levels are slightly lower throughout the rest of the Eastern areas, as shown by the dominance of lighter brown tones.  Intermediate levels of unemployment (presented in white) are shown in the outskirts of Budapest near the North-East, South-East and Eastern-most borders.

Manual Workers

Area Distribution of Manual Workers in Budapest

The pattern for manual worker density further highlights the East-West divide, as shown by unemployment.  High manual worker density is concentrated in the Southern and Eastern districts.  Accordingly, the lowest concentrations of manual worker density are found in the Northern and Western districts.  Intermediate levels of manual worker density are seen in the centre of the map, and in the Northern outskirts of Budapest.  The distribution of manual workers in Budapest illustrates sharp social segregation in the city.

Primary Education

Area Distribution of Adults with Low Educational Attainment in Budapest

This map of low educational attainment is similar to the other maps shown above.  The highest concentrations of low educational attainment are found in the South-Eastern quarter of Budapest, as shown by the cluster of darker brown tones.  Areas least affected by low education attainment are found in North-West, whilst intermediate levels occur in the far East and in the North-Central outskirts of Budapest.

University Qualifications

Area Distribution of Adults with University Qualifications in Budapest

As expected, the distribution of university qualifications at the area-level in Budapest shows an inverse pattern to that shown by low educational attainment above.  Areas most marked by low educational attainment (shown in dark green) also exhibit low levels of university qualifications, particularly in the Southern and Eastern districts.  The North-Western districts are largely brown, representing a high proportion of university degrees in these neighbourhoods.  This map shows a clear South-East and North-West divide, as deprivation measured by a paucity of university qualifications occur chiefly in the South and East of Budapest.