As one of Russia's oldest communities, Vladimir has a rich heritage—and a solid foundation on which to build a prosperous future.
The City has access to ample raw materials, and it has a well-educated workforce. In addition, it is centrally located on major transportation routes with easy access to the Moscow and St. Petersburg markets and the rest of central Russia.
The multistory apartment buildings built during the Soviet period make it possible for a large number of people to live relatively close to the city's historic center. This can give the impression that Vladimir is a much smaller city than is in fact the case.
According to two different Russian sources, as of the beginning of 2005, Vladimir's population was between 310 and 316 thousand. At the end of 2005, beginning of 2006 the City's boundaries were extended to include several nearby communities. This added an additional 10,000 residents--and moved Vladimir from the 58th to the 51st largest city in Russia. As of January 1, 2008, the official population of Vladimir was 39,500.
One special note, Vladimir is in the process of investing more than 100 million dollars in combined Federal, Oblast (regional), and City funds in the restoration and renovation of its historic district.