Saransk is recognized as the most comfortable urban settlements in Russia based on results of the 2011 competition.
Results of the competition were announced at a government meeting on 25 October. The competition was attended by 105 municipalities. The second place was taken by Ulyanovsk and Tomsk, third place — Belgorod, Barnaul and Makhachkala.
In summarizing the results of the contest took into account not only the state of housing, transportation and the environment, but also indicators that relate to the development of public-private partnerships to support small businesses, the introduction of modern technologies.
Pride of place in the top three cities in the country Saransk is the seventh time, that is an absolute record in the history of the competition.