The Germans move again gladly in cities – Urbanisation in Germany

The times are gone when wealthy families choose their residence principle in the countryside. Mainly due to high cost of commuting of their job driving people back to the centers. Furthermore, many people are missing theaters, hospitals and shops on the flat land. A previous study showed it in figures that owner-occupied flats increased on average by a meager 1.4 percent to 2,216 euros per square meter compared to previous year it was 2.185 euros. But in the city it increased by 15 percent to 2,536 euros. This demonstrates the continuing trend to rediscover the inner city as a place for themselves. The housing shortage, especially in the sought-after locations around the city make itself felt. The prices offered are both, condominiums and single family homes, obviously above the average price. The trend is reinforced by the persistent demand from the surrounding area. For here, has for decades continued emigration “out into the countryside” reversed, starting with the consequence to tumble that housing prices. A favorable level of prices for single-family homes had in the past few years provided the surrounding land of cities even growth the population there, but the expensive cost of commuting to work are acting contrary the suburbanisation now. Another reason is the reduction of the demand for labor in agriculture. Particularly affected are young women who migrate to urban, to get jobs in the service sector. In the rural region, this results in a demographic imbalance. But this cannot be the only reason for the “renaissance of the inner city”, said experts. They come after statistical analysis to the conclusion that “large cities are in vogue for quite some time”.
Germans are very satisfied with life in their city. Leipzig leads at the rankings of cities, before Hamburg, Nuremberg, Munich and Stuttgart. Life in the big city exerts not only to young people from a strong attraction. The reconciliation of work and family life, diverse shopping opportunities and a wide range in terms of culture and nightlife mean that more and more small-town and rural residents are flirting with urban life. A surprising result of the study on urbanisation in Germany is that the trend of rural depopulation by all ages draws. The city life exerts on many country dwellers and small town residents a strong appeal. The labor market plays an argument for the urbanisation only a secondary role. More important for country dwellers and small town residents are the better leisure facilities and diverse shopping opportunities. 69 percent of those who are already planning a move specifically want, just prefer to live in the city than in the countryside. Only 13 percent of them move to the city because of professional reasons. Nearly the half of those who are already in the middle of the move see for themselves in the country no job opportunities or have a job in the city. 38 percent move to the city to commute far less and 18 percent due to starting an education there. Only a few of them are likely to miss the life in a small town or village really.

3 thoughts on “The Germans move again gladly in cities – Urbanisation in Germany

  1. As already mentioned a big factor are the costs for commuting. The costs for resources are increasing more and more over time. Thus, this can be treated as a positive impact of the urbanisation, because people in large cities have the chance to use the public transportation what is definitely better for the environment. But there are also a lot of disadvantages. The infrastructure of a town is exhausted at a certain size. And studies reveal that the fertility rate in (big) cities is lower than in rural regions. Regarding this issue, German has already a need for improvement! But based on several reasons the current situation will probably proceed further.

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  2. I think another important reason why more and more people, especially employees want to live in a big city is not just because of increasing costs for commuting, but also the fact that they can match job-life and family-life much better. In a big city employees have better job opportunities, they might even find jobs which offer high flexibility. The distances to their workplaces are much shorter and so they can save a lot of time. The saved time can be used to do something with family and children. And there are even better and more sufficient offers of childcare. So many families leave the rural regions and move to cities to Improve their family situation.
    Of course there are many advantages as written in the article, but there are also disadvantages and risks: Increased urbanization is creating new settlements on the edge of the city, leading to a change in the social structure. People with different cultures, religions, languages and social backgrounds live together in one city. This involves a lot of social risks.

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