North Rhine-Westphalia: Cologne and the Ruhr area do poorly in the city ranking

Where are the major German cities in terms of economic power? The NRW municipalities are not exactly doing well, even if there are some good forecasts for the Ruhr area, for example.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Cologne and the Ruhr area do poorly in the city ranking

Where are the major German cities in terms of economic power? The NRW municipalities are not exactly doing well, even if there are some good forecasts for the Ruhr area, for example.

Cologne (dpa / lnw) - According to a study on the economic and social situation, Oberhausen, Herne, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen continue to bring up the rear among the major German cities. Cologne, on the other hand, dropped from 27th place in the previous year to 30th, according to the ranking published on Thursday by IW Consult on behalf of the Internet portal Immoscout24 and the "Wirtschaftswoche".

"Cologne and Berlin (42nd place) are united above all by the partially dysfunctional city administration, which is reflected, among other things, in the noticeably high level of sick leave in the public sector," it said. Aspects from the areas of the labor market, economic structure, quality of life and real estate market were included in the assessment.

According to the information, Mainz is the most dynamic German city. The success of the Corona vaccine manufacturer Biontech, based in the state capital, plays a decisive role here, because the company pays significantly more trade taxes.

In the so-called dynamic ranking, which analyzes the change in 36 indicators in the areas mentioned over a period of five years, Leverkusen made it into the top ten: in 7th place (after 14). In the overall ranking, the city slipped from 29th to 24th place.

"The development prospects for the Ruhr area are promising, as there are new opportunities for structural change from the digital and ecological transformation," it said. With a research focus on decarbonization, the center for IT security in Bochum and many IT courses on offer, the largest metropolitan area in Germany is developing positively for the most part. When it comes to sustainability aspects in the areas of ecology, economy and social affairs, things are looking poor in some cities in the Ruhr area.

71 urban districts with more than 100,000 inhabitants were compared. Kaiserslautern, which is now just below this threshold, was counted among the major cities because of the comparability and continuity with the previous year.

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