The population of Kielce Metropolitan Area is 326 005 of inhabitants. It is also the capital of Polish construction business and the 2nd largest trade center in Poland. The City has the potential to be the tourist center of at least national meaning if connected with the region rich in the natural beauty. 1/3 of the area of the City of Kielce is a green area and there are 5 natural reserves within the borders of the City. The Kielce City is the regional academic centre with 60.883 students (2007/2008) on 14 higher educational schools and also the scientific centre.
Main challenges for the city and its hinterland:
- In order to keep and give back the special environmental character of Kielce, there is the need to allow just pro-ecological investments;
- Creating a system of eco-management for Kielce-Kielce Metropolis-Region;
- Development of a garbage management – especially segregation and recycling.
- Improvement of the transport infrastructure (location far from main transport routes + rather bad technical state of roads; lack of airport; etc.)
- Need for a transfer from traditional market based on old-fashioned industry and high rate of employment in the public finance sector to modern economics.