GfK GeoMarketing publishes Population Structure Data for Germany
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GfK GeoMarketing publishes Population Structure Data for Germany

December 4, 2006 -- Most German singles live in Berlin; the Landshut district has the highest percentage of families with children and Schweinfurt has the most senior citizens. These are the findings of the 2006 GfK Population Structure survey conducted by GfK GeoMarketing.

GfK Population Structure Data - single households in Germany; click to start downloadThe population structure in Berlin is characterized by an above average number of single households. While the percentage of these is only around 38% for Germany as a whole, at least every second household in Berlin, Bremerhaven and Hamburg is a one-person household. Bremen, Munich, Regensburg, Brunswick, Leipzig, Wurzburg and Dresden are also among the ten urban and rural districts with the most singles.

Conversely, the more rural areas have markedly fewer single households. For example, Cloppenburg district in Lower Saxony comes right at the bottom of the list and at 10%, the percentage of singles is well below the national average.

People living in the districts around Vechta, Straubing-Bogen, Landshut and Borken are also not keen on living alone, with distinctly fewer singles than other German towns.

 

The ten urban and rural districts with the highest percentage of single
households

Rank

Urban or rural district

Single households in %

1

Berlin

51

2

Bremerhaven

50

3

Hamburg

49

4

Bremen

48

5

Munich

47

6

Regensburg

47

7

Brunswick

47

8

Leipzig

45

9

Wurzburg

45

10

Dresden

45

Bavaria is popular with senior citizens
More than one third of all heads of households are senior citizens. The highest proportion of senior citizens households is in Schweinfurt. More than half the heads of the households there already count as the „grey generation”, and the same applies in two more Bavarian towns, Bamberg and Passau.
On the other hand, 11% of all heads of German households are not yet thirty years old. Mecklenburg Western Pomerania has the highest percentage of young households and just under a quarter of the main breadwinners here are under 30. In Rostock and Regensburg, one in five people are also in this age group.
The ten urban and rural districts with the highest percentage of senior citizens

Rank

Urban or rural district

Senior citizens households in %

1

Schweinfurt

53

2

Bamberg

52

3

Passau

51

4

Pirmasens

50

5

Landshut

50

6

Augsburg

50

7

Koblenz

50

8

Frankenthal (Palatinate)

49

9

Ludwigshafen am Rhein

49

10

Hof

49

Landshut district: No. 1 for families with children
One in three German households has at least one child. However, there are regional differences and while the households with the highest number of children are found in the rural districts of Landshut (44%), Straubing-Bogen (44 %) and Kelheim (43%). By contrast, in Bremen, only one in four households is a family with children. Children are also in the minority in households in Berlin and Hamburg (both 24%).

Conversely, the more rural areas have markedly fewer single households. For example, Cloppenburg district in Lower Saxony comes right at the bottom of the list and at 10%, the percentage of singles is well below the national average. People living in the districts around Vechta, Straubing-Bogen, Landshut and Borken are also not keen on living alone, with distinctly fewer singles than other German towns.

Bavaria is popular with senior citizens
More than one third of all heads of households are senior citizens. The highest proportion of senior citizens households is in Schweinfurt. More than half the heads of the households there already count as the „grey generation”, and the same applies in two more Bavarian towns, Bamberg and Passau.
On the other hand, 11% of all heads of German households are not yet thirty years old. Mecklenburg Western Pomerania has the highest percentage of young households and just under a quarter of the main breadwinners here are under 30. In Rostock and Regensburg, one in five people are also in this age group.
The ten urban and rural districts with the highest percentage of senior citizens

Rank

Urban or rural district

Senior citizens households in %

1

Schweinfurt

53

2

Bamberg

52

3

Passau

51

4

Pirmasens

50

5

Landshut

50

6

Augsburg

50

7

Koblenz

50

8

Frankenthal (Palatinate)

49

9

Ludwigshafen am Rhein

49

10

Hof

49

Landshut district: No. 1 for families with children
One in three German households has at least one child. However, there are regional differences and while the households with the highest number of children are found in the rural districts of Landshut (44%), Straubing-Bogen (44 %) and Kelheim (43%). By contrast, in Bremen, only one in four households is a family with children. Children are also in the minority in households in Berlin and Hamburg (both 24%).
Around 8% of all households in Germany are foreign households, with the highest proportion found in the South West. One in five households in Offenbach am Main have a non-German main breadwinner, which is more than double the national average. With 19% foreign households, Stuttgart and Frankfurt are also very multicultural.

Around 8% of all households in Germany are foreign households, with the highest proportion found in the South West. One in five households in Offenbach am Main have a non-German main breadwinner, which is more than double the national average. With 19% foreign households, Stuttgart and Frankfurt are also very multicultural.

The ten urban and rural districts with the most foreign households

  Rank

Urban or rural district

Foreign households in %

1

Offenbach am Main

20

2

Stuttgart

19

3

Frankfurt am Main

18

4

Mannheim

17

5

Heilbronn

16

6

Pforzheim

16

7

Ludwigshafen am Rhein

16

8

Augsburg

16

9

Munich

16

10

Cologne

16

The survey
The 2006 GfK Population Structure Survey represents a breakdown of socio-demographic data at different regional levels. It describes the population and households in Germany in terms of the structure of the household (single or multi-person households, with or without children, foreign households), the age structure (age of head of the household), the income and social class and the housing structure (one family, two family homes, etc.). GfK population structure data are used by companies for target group localization in sales and marketing.

The 2006 GfK population structure survey can be ordered for all municipalities and postal districts, as well as for streets or street sections.

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