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Samara (Russian: Сама́ра; IPA: [sɐˈmarə]), known from 1935 to 1991 as Kuybyshev (Куйбышев; IPA: [ˈkujbɨʂɨf]), is the sixth largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Samara Oblast. It is situated in the southeastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers on the east bank of the Volga. The Volga acts as the city's western boundary; across the river are the Zhiguli Mountains, after which the local beer (Zhigulyovskoye) is named. The northern boundary is formed by the Sokolyi Hills and by the steppes in the south and east. The land within the city boundaries covers 46,597 hectares (115,140 acres). Population: 1,164,685 (2010 Census); 1,157,880 (2002 Census); 1,254,460 (1989 Census). The metropolitan area of Samara-Tolyatti-Syzran within Samara Oblast contains a population of over three million. Formerly a closed city, Samara is now a large and important social, political, economic, industrial, and cultural centre in European Russia and hosted the European Union—Russia Summit in May 2007. It has a continental climate characterised by hot summers and cold winters. The life of Samara's citizens has always been intrinsically linked to the Volga River, which has not only served as the main commercial thoroughfare of Russia throughout several centuries, but also has great visual appeal. Samara's riverfront is considered one of the favourite recreation places both for local citizens and tourists. After the Soviet novelist Vasily Aksyonov visited Samara, he remarked: "I am not sure where in the West one can find such a long and beautiful embankment."

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Facts and Stats for Samara*

  • Pollution Statistics in Samara

    Know the pollution level of Samara before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 68.18 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.09 (Low)
  • Samara: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Samara for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Samara.

    • Burglary and Theft 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 32.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 29.55 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 79.55 (High)
    • Car Stealing 36.36 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.55 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 34.09 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 27.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.5 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 36.36 (Low)
  • Living in Samara - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Samara is 101.77 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 60.28 (High)
    • Climate Index 41.24 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 58.43 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 50.5 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 35.89 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 48.06 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.53 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 42.44 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Samara

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Samara

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.76 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 45.65 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.97 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 81.12 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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