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New City Ranking: Which Cities are Fit for the Future?

Berlin and Rhineland cities rank well

Germany’s former capital Bonn was ranked third best, thanks mostly to its demographic and economic developments in recent years. Reaching the fourth and sixth positions, Düsseldorf and Cologne represent the positive perspectives of cities in the Rhineland area. Berlin squeezed in between the two and reached an excellent fifth position: its developments concerning population growth and the labor market speak of its attraction and positive outlook — in the first ranking in 2008, the German capital had only reached the 24th position.

Essen, Stuttgart and Mannheim improve their positions

Thanks to positive socioeconomic developments, several cities were able to improve their positions against 2010, most notably Essen (from rank 21 to 10), Stuttgart (from 16 to 9) and Mannheim (23 to 17). Essen benefits from an increase in productivity and employment, Stuttgart shines as a research and science center with international orientation. Berlin and Braunschweig both also improved by three ranks. Frankfurt and Munich will, however, most likely continue to defend their positions, as neither of the two cities show significant deficits in the surveyed categories. 16 statistical indicators were taken into account for the ranking, among them economic performance, location factors like education, innovation and accessibility as well as demographic development. The city ranking is a means to judge a city’s attraction for citizens and employers and to understand its future viability.