Soviet housing estates in Vilnius, Lithuania: Socio-ethnic structure and future(-less?) perspectives

Donatas Burneika*, Rūta Ubarevičienė, Aušra Baranuskaitė

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This study is focused on Soviet housing estates in Vilnius. The aim of the chapter is to gain more insight into the social and ethnic profile of the residents and to highlight the trajectories of change. The analysis is based on Lithuanian census data from 2001 to 2011. Results suggest that although Soviet housing estates are less segregated than other parts of Vilnius, considerable socio-economic differences exist among residents belonging to different ethnic groups. Soviet housing estates are definitely not the most attractive residential areas, and more affluent groups increasingly prioritise residing in other parts of the city. However, that has not turned them into the neighbourhoods with the highest concentration of the least affluent population. Thus, the Soviet housing estates maintain a rather neutral position in the current residential structure of Vilnius.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHousing Estates in the Baltic Countries
Subtitle of host publicationThe Legacy of Central Planning in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
EditorsDaniel Baldwin Hess, Tiit Tammaru
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-23392-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-23391-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameUrban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588


  • Housing
  • Socio-ethnic structure
  • Soviet housing estates
  • Vilnius


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