Human potential

A youthful, well educated community is the city’s asset. Currently, Dąbrowa Górnicza is inhabited by more than 127,000 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 nationwide “Entrepreneurship Week” are organized in Dąbrowa Górnicza. 

At such events, the initiative, commitment and cooperation of local authorities and businesses enable high school students to learn the practicalities of work in Dąbrowa’s companies by means of apprenticeships, lectures and presentations. The city’s young inhabitants thus find out which competencies and skills are required by specific companies. They are also able to to check out their conceptions of the way various industries and market sectors function. More and more companies and schools have been signing up for this inventive enterprise.

Upper Silesian conurbation:

  • population – 2,01m people, which amounts to 45% of the Province’s population
  • population density – 1620 people/km2

Dąbrowa Górnicza

  • population – approx. 125,000 people
  • population density – 675 people/km2

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

Silesian Voivodeship:

18% of people are at an economically pre-productive age
65,6% of people are at an economically productive age – this indicator being higher by 1-3% when compared to the whole country
16,5% of people are at an economically post-productive age

Dąbrowa Górnicza:

15,3% of people are at an economically pre-productive age
69,5% of people are at an economically productive age
15,2% of people are at an economically post-productive age


Employment market

Working people* in 2011:

City All Of which, women
Dąbrowa Górnicza 39 430  15 200
Katowice 163 730 79 408

*According to their actual workplace; excluding those working for business entities with up to 9 employees, or working in agriculture for privately owned farms.


Employment market: structure of workers’ employment* according to type of activity, in 2011:

Type of activity


Farming, hunting, forestry, fishing Industry and construction Market services Non-market services
Dąbrowa Górnicza 480 21 854 7 753 9 343
Katowice 581 40 339 57 262 65 548

*According to their actual workplace; excluding those working for business entities with up to 9 employees, or working in agriculture for privately owned farms.



Dąbrowa Górnicza – unemployment rate: 

  • 11,1 % 2010
  • 11,4 %  2011
  • 11,3% July 2012

A youthful, well educated community is our asset:

Silesian Voivodeship

  • 44 institutions of higher education (the Silesian Technical Academy, in Gliwice, the Academy of Economics, Silesian Medical School and University of Silesia, in Katowice, among others)
  • 170 188 students
  • 51 479  alumni
  • around 11% of the total number of students in the country
  • ranked second in Poland in terms of the number of higher education institutions,
  • 9 719 university lecturers, including 3 217 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: 

  • Institutions of higher education: Silesian University of Technology – Off-Campus Educational Center (chemical technology department),  Academy of Business in Dąbrowa Górnicza, School of Strategic Planning (both university level).
  • 5 complexes of vocational technical schools: 1 economics school, 2 technical schools, 1 mining school and 1 building school
  • The most popular fields of high school education being: mechanical technician, IT technician, economics technician, electronics technician, hotel industry technician. New fields: logistics technician, underground mining technician.


New technologies:

  • the Upper Silesian Province 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 the Province:
  •  Silesian Centre for Advanced Technologies
  •  Energy-Environment-Health Centre for Advanced Technologies
  •  Centre for Advanced Technologies for Health Protection and Promotion