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Siberian city named as best in Russia to live

By The Siberian Times reporter
01 December 2014

Quality of life in booming oil capital Tyumen is better than that in Moscow or St Petersburg, says financial survey.

Tyumen was the first ever Russian settlement in Siberia, founded to support the eastward expansion. Picture: The Siberian Times

It’s official! Siberia’s booming oil capital Tyumen has been named Russia’s best city for quality of living. A study, conducted by sociology experts from the Russian Government’s Financial University, ranked the city ahead of the likes of Moscow and St Petersburg.

Founded in 1586 and located on the Tura River, the experts studied parameters including the standards of medical care, access to education, wealth, and life expectancy. Whether people felt satisfied with their own lives was taken into account, along with aspects such as whether they were happy with the quality of roads and their own salaries.

Those questioned were also asked if they planned to move to another city soon.

The authors of the new survey wrote: 'When we analysed the data, it showed people’s satisfaction with life is mostly affected by how good communal housing services in the cities are and how well they manage properties in terms of maintenance and repair, as well as how well developed the city is in general, their level of incomes and the work of health care institutions. 

'Another moment we wanted to stress is that the more often people gather together to discuss common urban problems, the better is their social well-being'.

It’s official! Siberia’s booming oil capital Tyumen has been named Russia’s best city for quality of living.


It’s official! Siberia’s booming oil capital Tyumen has been named Russia’s best city for quality of living.


It’s official! Siberia’s booming oil capital Tyumen has been named Russia’s best city for quality of living.
Five of the top 10 best either located in Siberia or the Urals region. Pictures: Anna Liesowska


The survey looked into 27 Russian cities with populations over 500,000, with five of the top 10 best either located in Siberia or the Urals region. They were named as: Tyumen, Moscow, Kazan, Krasnodar, St Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Orenburg.

The lowest ranked cities were Ulyanovsk, Kurgan and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad). 

Tyumen was the first ever Russian settlement in Siberia and was founded to support the eastward expansion. Over the centuries it has progressed from a small village located on important trade routes, to a military settlement, and now a large industrial city and vital business centre.

The Tyumen Oblast is a vast oil-rich region stretching from Kazakhstan to the Arctic Ocean and it is home to a number of major Russian companies.

There are three universities and the city is a popular tourist destination, particularly for German visitors.

Tyumen has a number of international twin towns, including Calgary in Canada, Daqing in China, Houston in Texas, United States, Bern in Switzerland, and Kaunas in Lithuania. And, among its famous natives, are footballer Viktor Leonenko, and 2008 Miss World Ksenia Sukhinova, and the musician Irving Berlin, who was born in the city before his family emigrated to New York when he was a child.

Berlin most famously composed the song White Christmas, with the version sang by Bing Crosby remaining the best-selling single of all time.

Comments (4)

That Jack James paragraph is an obvious plant. No American uses vernacular like that. Not even close. Granted...this is a good city. I'll give you that. But why plant stupidly written phony posts?
Steven Bloxham California-Nevada-Arizona, Sacramento California
12/04/2016 11:42
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Thank you for the very good report. Its interesting for me because I visited Russia every year since 2011. Touring by road on motorcycle from Vladivostok to Vladikavkaz and many places in-between. Now I want to immigrate there.

I have been to many countries, I must say Russia is the best for me, I will live there permanently soon. Probably Altayski Kray.

This study used careful research to reach its conclusion. But generally most places in RF if not "Best" are good or very good and every year improve, I see it, the future is very bright. My Russian friends living in New Zealand see it also, they will return too.
Louie Nicholson, New Zealand
27/12/2015 16:46
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You have shared good analysis about Tyumen that is very helpful for those who wanted to know about this city. You are absolutely right it is the best city to live in Russia. I personally visited this region last year after my new york tours from new jersey and explore its many attractive places and celebrate there Easter. It was a unique experience for me to stay there. I wish to be there either because it is a cool place.
jack james, USA
05/12/2014 16:01
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Tyumen looks magnificent ,but then so does ALL of Siberia , Your story proves one simple fact "Home is where your heart is ". A huge tribute to all those who made this once isolated outpost into a thriving prosperous contented City it is today.

May I also dare to "plug " for one of my favourite Siberian Cities "Kemerovo" a small but beautiful City nestled by the banks of the serene river Tom, A Friendly City with friendly people, WORTH SEEING .

Patrick .
Patrick Travers, Perth Western Australia .
01/12/2014 20:33
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