Human potential

A youthful, well educated community is the city’s asset. Currently, Dąbrowa Górnicza is inhabited by more than 120,000 people, nearly 70% of whom are at an economically productive age.

The City Council, along with business organizations and entrepreneurs, makes a continued effort to match the educational provision to the needs of the employment market. The result of these actions is the introduction of new avenues of study in high schools, orienting education towards the needs of the companies doing business in the city. Moreover, schools sign agreements with entrepreneurs which allow students to prepare for future jobs during the course of apprenticeship programmes. Such actions translate into a reduction in unemployment, and provide young people with an opportunity of better career planning. In this way, Dąbrowa Górnicza becomes a source of thoroughly, professionally prepared staff for businesses.

Campaigns such as the Global Entrepreneurship Week are organized in Dąbrowa Górnicza. 

During such events, engagement and cooperation of local authorities and businesses enable high school students to learn the practicalities of work in city’s companies thanks to trainings, open days in companies,  lectures and presentations. Therefore, young inhabitants find out which competencies and skills are required in specific industry. They are also able to to experience how various industries and market sectors function in real life. More and more companies and schools have been signing up for this inventive project.

Upper Silesian conurbation:

  • population – 2,5 mln people, which amounts to 43% of the Province’s population
  • population density – 1642 people/km2

Dąbrowa Górnicza

  • population – more than 120,000 people
  • population density – 650 people/km2

People are at the foundation of the competitive advantage held by the region’s economy. 

Silesian Voivodeship:

  • 17% of people are at an economically pre-productive age
  • 64% of people are at an economically productive age – this indicator being higher by 1-3% when compared to the whole country
  • 19% of people are at an economically post-productive age

Dąbrowa Górnicza:

  • 15% of people are at an economically pre-productive age
  • 66% of people are at an economically productive age
  • 19% of people are at an economically post-productive age


Employment market

Working people in 2014:

City All Of which, women
Dąbrowa Górnicza 39 635 15 531
Katowice 164 675 81 382


Employment market: structure of workers’ employment according to type of activity, in 2014:

Type of activity


Farming, hunting, forestry, fishing Industry and construction Market services Non-market services
Dąbrowa Górnicza 507 20 942 8 304 9 882
Katowice 598 37 216 56 560 70 301



Payment, average gross monthly pay in corporate sector, in 2014.

Dąbrowa Górnicza – PLN 4 445,38

Katowice – PLN 5 199,41



Dąbrowa Górnicza – unemployment rate: 


  • 2015 – 9,3%
  • 2014 – 10,8%
  • 2013 – 12,3%

A youthful, well educated community is our asset:

Silesian Voivodeship

  • 41 institutions of higher education (Silesian Technical Academy in Gliwice, University of Economics in Katowice , Silesian Medical School and University of Silesia in Katowice among others),
  • 126 455 students,
  • 38 683  graduates,
  • around 11% of the total number of students in the country,
  • ranked second in Poland in terms of the number of higher education institutions,
  • 8 725 university lecturers, including 2 983 in higher technical schools,
  • 3 technical schools (50 464 students, 13 136 alumni),
  • for foreigners, the Silesian International Schools Complex, in Katowice (following a primary and high school curriculum, with international final examinations).


Dąbrowa Górnicza:

  • University of Dąbrowa Górnicza, School of Strategic Planning (both university level).
  • 4 complexes of vocational technical schools: 1 economics school, 2 technical schools.
  • The most popular fields of high school education are: mechanical technician, IT technician, economics technician, electronics technician, hotel industry technician. New fields: logistics technician, underground mining technician.


New technologies:

  • the Upper Silesian Region accounts for 12,1% of the research and development potential of the whole country (and is the second centre in Poland in terms of size),
  • 112 units, including 36 scientific and research and development units (including 6 institutes of PAN – the National Academy of Science),
  • 46 development institutes and 15 institutions of higher education conducting research, which enhances co-operation between the research and development sector and the economy,
  • 3 scientific-industrial consortia operate in Silesian Voivodeship:
    •  Silesian Centre for Advanced Technologies,
    •  Energy-Environment-Health Centre for Advanced Technologies,
    •  Centre for Advanced Technologies for Health Protection and Promotion.